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September 1951

UNUSUAL SEQUELA TO CHROME ULCERATION OF THE SKIN

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

From the Clinical Investigations Branch, Division of Industrial Hygiene, Public Health Service, Federal Security Agency.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(3):371-372. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570090118020

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Abstract

Chrome ulceration of the skin is very common among workers processing chrome ore to chromic acid, potassium and sodium chromate and bichromate and ammonium bichromate. Recently my associates and I have observed 198 persons with chrome ulceration of the skin or its distinctive scars. Of these 198 men, of whom 102 were white and 96 were Negro, in only one was there any evidence of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation. The two main contributing factors to the production of chrome ulcerations of the skin were contact with hot liquor (sodium or potassium bichromate solutions) and contamination of a break in the skin by one of the chrome chemicals.

REPORT OF A CASE  The case presented is that of E. B. T., a 61 year old white man, who has been a production foreman in the "liquor building" of the chemical plant since 1924 except for six years when he was not employed

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