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doi: 10.1097/DER.0b013e31826e4591
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Cobalt Sensitization and Dermatitis: Considerations for the Clinician

Thyssen, Jacob P. MD, PhD

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Abstract

This clinical review article presents clinical and scientific data on cobalt sensitization and dermatitis. It is concluded that cobalt despite being a strong sensitizer and a prevalent contact allergen to come up on patch testing should be regarded as a very complex metal to test with. Exposure data together with clinical data from metal workers heavily exposed to cobalt suggest that patch-test reactions are sometimes false positive and that patch testers should carefully evaluate their clinical relevance.

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