Arsenic in Dermatology
At the time of publication, Mary E. Maloney was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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.