Arsenic in Dermatology

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology



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Medical Subject Headings

Arsenic; Arsenic Poisoning; Carcinoma, Squamous Cell; Environmental Exposure; Environmental Pollutants; Humans; Occupational Exposure; Poisoning; Skin Neoplasms; Skin Pigmentation


Dermatology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases


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.


Citation: 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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