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Face dermatitis from contaminants on a mask for anaesthesia

Authors

  • P. Komericki,

    1. Department of Environmental Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8,
      A-8036 Graz, Austria
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  • C. Szolar-Platzer,

    1. Department of Environmental Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8,
      A-8036 Graz, Austria
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  • B. Kränke,

    1. Department of Environmental Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8,
      A-8036 Graz, Austria
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  • W. Aberer

    1. Department of Environmental Dermatology and Venereology, Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8,
      A-8036 Graz, Austria
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Abstract

Allergic and irritant contact reactions to face masks for anaesthesia have rarely been reported. We present a 55-year-old female patient who developed facial allergic contact dermatitis after an operation requiring general anaesthesia. Patch tests showed positive reactions to cocospropylenediamin-guanidinium-diacetate (trivial name Dodigen 3558), a preservative used in disinfectants for medical instruments. It could be proven that residues of the causative allergen in the disinfectant adhered to the mask. This is the first report of a clinically relevant sensitization to this increasingly widely used agent.

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