Journal article

Occupational autoeczematization or atopic eczema precipitated by occupational contact dermatitis?

Jason Williams, Jennifer Cahill, Rosemary Nixon



Autoeczematization is characterized by the sudden dissemination of a previously localised form of eczema. While widely described, most cases reported have followed chronic, localized stasis dermatitis. In this study, we describe the clinical scenario of occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) triggering endogenous-like eczema in atopic individuals, who often have not had eczema since childhood, if at all. These cases appear similar to previously described cases of autoeczematization. To show this clinical scenario, a series of 6 patients is presented from the Occupational Dermatology Clinic in Melbourne, Australia. These workers initially developed OCD, usually affecting the hands, which then ..

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