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Arsenic in Dermatology
Dermatology Publications and Presentations
  • Mary E. Maloney, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
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Arsenic; Arsenic Poisoning; Carcinoma, Squamous Cell; Environmental Exposure; Environmental Pollutants; Humans; Occupational Exposure; Poisoning; Skin Neoplasms; Skin Pigmentation

BACKGROUND: Arsenic is a chemical carcinogen that exists naturally and in the workplace.

OBJECTIVES: Review exposure, clinical signs of arsenic exposure, and the carcinogenic potential.

METHOD: Review of literature.

RESULTS: Arsenic is a known carcinogen that occurs both naturally and in the workplace. It causes cutaneous malignancies, hyperpigmentation, palmer and plantar keratosis, and internal malignancies, especially of the lung and bladder.

CONCLUSION: Exposure risks need to be well publicized. Those people with known exposure need regular full skin exams as well as close follow-up by their primary care physician.

DOI of Published Version

Maloney, M. E. (1996), Arsenic in Dermatology. Dermatologic Surgery, 22(3): 301–304. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1996.tb00322.x


At the time of publication, Mary E. Maloney was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Mary E. Maloney. "Arsenic in Dermatology" Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (1996) ISSN: 1076-0512 (Linking)
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