Arsenic in DermatologyDermatology Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
Medical Subject HeadingsArsenic; Arsenic Poisoning; Carcinoma, Squamous Cell; Environmental Exposure; Environmental Pollutants; Humans; Occupational Exposure; Poisoning; Skin Neoplasms; Skin Pigmentation
AbstractBACKGROUND: 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.
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Citation InformationMary E. Maloney. "Arsenic in Dermatology" Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (1996) ISSN: 1076-0512 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mary_maloney/42/