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July 1950

ALLERGIC ECZEMATOUS CONTACT TYPE DERMATITIS CAUSED BY COCOBOLO WOOD (DALBERGIA)

Author Affiliations

BROOKLYN; NEWARK, N. J.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the New York University Post-Graduate Medical School, Dr. Marion B. Sulzberger, chairman, and the Skin and Cancer Unit of University Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(1):125-130. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530140129014
Abstract

ALLERGIC eczematous contact type dermatitis caused by cocobolo wood has been reported several times, but at infrequent intervals. We have reason to think that sensitization to this wood and clinical episodes from contact with it are commoner than the sparse reports would lead one to expect. Also, we will indicate a rather new source of exposure which we think may make dermatitis of this causation commoner still.

The earliest record we could find of an eruption attributed to cocobolo wood came from abroad. Stern (cited by Levin1) in 1891 reported cheilitis in flute players whose instruments had mouth pieces made of this material. In this country MacKee2 was one of the first to note dermatitis from cocobolo wood. His case was occupational and occurred in a person who scraped the wood in the processing of it for handles and backs of hair brushes. Since then there

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