Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 518–527

Systemic Contact Dermatitis and Allergy to Biomedical Devices

Authors

    • Section of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyWinthrop-University Hospital
    • Rheumatology, Allergy & ImmunologyWinthrop University Hospital
  • Tania Mucci
    • Section of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyWinthrop-University Hospital
    • Rheumatology, Allergy & ImmunologyWinthrop University Hospital
ALLERGIC SKIN DISEASES (L FONACIER, SECTION EDITOR)

DOI: 10.1007/s11882-013-0365-9

Cite this article as:
Aquino, M. & Mucci, T. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep (2013) 13: 518. doi:10.1007/s11882-013-0365-9

Abstract

Systemic contact dermatitis (SCD) refers to a skin condition where an individual who is cutaneously sensitized to an allergen will subsequently react to that same allergen or a cross-reacting allergen via the systemic route. It occurs to allergens including metals, medications, and foods. There has been recent interest in metal allergy as it relates to the implantation of devices such as orthopedic, dental, cardiac, and gynecologic implants. This review will briefly address all causes of systemic contact dermatitis with a special and expanded focus on metal implant allergy. We present literature on SCD to various metal biomedical devices, patch testing for diagnosis of metal allergy pre and post implantation and treatment.

Keywords

Systemic contact dermatitisAllergic contact dermatitisMetal allergyOrthopedic implantDental implantDental amalgamStentPacemakerIntrauterine devicesBiomedical devices

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