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April 1953


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. F. E. Senear, Chairman.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(4):388-394. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540040046007

DERMATITIS venenata in its relation to the plant world comprises more than is fully appreciated unless one especially studies the subject. The plant world consists of weeds,1 flowers, vegetables, fruits, and trees. All trees have a potential irritant in the bark, freshly cut wood, dried wood, sawdust, leaves,2 or other parts. Most of the recent literature on dermatoses due to woods3 emphasizes the importance of exotic or foreign woods, with less mention of native woods as a cause of allergic dermatitis.

Recently a wood worker was disabled seven months with a generalized dermatitis venenata simulating lymphoblastoma. His trouble throughout was attributed to sawdust, but the usual tests and investigations failed to establish this causal relationship. He recovered, but resuming work with sawdust reproduced the dermatosis. This recurrence as well as the results of tests confirmed the etiologic diagnosis of dermatitis venenata due to sawdust derived