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The following unusual case of allergic reaction to trinitrotoluene is believed to merit reporting.
REPORT OF A CASE
The patient, a 25 year old white woman, was employed in the production of trinitrotoluene as a wash house helper on Sept. 20, 1944. Preemployment physical examination showed no abnormality except an amblyopic left eye. The family and past histories revealed no allergic or dermatologic disease.
On September 29, nine days after starting to work, she reported to the dispensary with an itching, vesicular eruption on the hands. She was given calamine lotion, following which the eruption desquamated for about a week. Although she continued on the same job, there was no recurrence of this type of dermatitis. A patch test with trinitrotoluene was not done at this time since the appearance was typical of trinitrotoluene dermatitis, so commonly observed in the dispensary.
On October 3, she came to the dispensary
PRESTON JF, WATKINS CA. URTICARIA DUE TO TRINITROTOLUENE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(2):134–136. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510310058010
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