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January 1972

Contact Dermatitis From Glutaraldehyde

Author Affiliations

USA; USA; USA, Washington, DC

From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Jordan is now with the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(1):94-95. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620040062015

Allergic contact dermatitis can result from occasional or incidental contact with glutaraldehyde used for sterilization of medical and dental equipment, as well as from topical application of the compound in dermatologic treatment. The patients described had positive patch tests to glutaraldehyde and glutaraldehyde-tanned leather. It remains to be shown whether glutaraldehyde in leather can induce sensitization.