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April 1978

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Associated With Long-Term Arsenic Ingestion

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Baltimore City Hospitals, (Drs Prystowsky and Lamberg), and the Department of Medicine, The Oncology Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Dr Elfenbein), Baltimore. Dr Prystowsky is now at The Letterman Army Institute of Research, San Francisco. Dr Elfenbein is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(4):602-603. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640160080025

• A nasopharyngeal carcinoma occurred in a 41-year-old white woman who had received Fowler's solution (potassium arsenite) almost yearly for more than 20 years for the treatment of psoriasis. Palmar and plantar keratoses were present. Because of the rarity of this malignant neoplasm in white people, a relationship with arsenic ingestion is suggested.

(Arch Dermatol 114:602-603, 1978)