To the Editor.—
The article, ``Occlusive Appliance for Chemotherapy," which appeared in the Archives (106:832, 1972), does not specifically identify the materials advocated for use in making the occlusive prosthesisI presume that the prosthesis is acrylic in nature. If the finished product is completely cured (polymerized) by heat, it should prove to be "safe." However, should any portion of the prosthesis be self-cured, it can be predicted readily that when it is applied to an area affected with chronic dermatosis, many instances of allergic acrylic dermatitis will result, no matter what chemotherapy is employed.1-5It is ironic that at a time when many dermatologists are agitating for complete ingredient labeling of all topical agents, including cosmetics, an "unlabeled" device for prolonged, intimate contact with diseased skin should be published in "our own" Archives.
Fisher AA. Identifying Prosthesis Components. Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(5):774. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620200080025
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