Arsenic in Dermatology
Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
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.
Maloney, Mary E., "Arsenic in Dermatology" (1996). Dermatology Publications and Presentations. 12.