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May 1962

Inactivation of Hexavalent Chromium: Studies of an Antichrome Agent

Author Affiliations


From the Section of Industrial Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(5):595-599. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590050025005

Inactivation of chromium ion in allergic eczematous dermatitis with an antichrome agent was demonstrated by patch test studies in chromate-sensitive patients.1,2 The purpose of this paper is to report on the stability of our antichrome agent in solutions and ointment bases, on the removal of hexavalent chromium from various materials, and on experiments in volunteers using chromate solution and antichrome. The results indicate the usefulness of the antichrome reagent for the prevention of industrial chromium dermatitis. Further studies are now being carried out in various industries under actual working conditions.

Studies on the Stability of Solutions of Antichrome Agent  The object of this investigation was to study the stability of solutions of our antichrome agent. We have found that solutions of the agent lose their effectiveness upon standing. Therefore, it became necessary to determine how long solutions of the agent remain potent.

Reagents and Test Solutions.—1.  Antichrome agent

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