Cement-Induced Chromate Occupational Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Khalaf Kridin, Reuven Bergman, Mogher Khamaisi, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Sara Weltfriend

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Background Hexavalent chromium in cement is a common cause of occupational allergic contact dermatitis (OACD). Methods Analysis of patch test data during 1999 to 2013 was done. Patients with cement-induced chromate OACD filled the Dermatology Life Quality Index, graded 1 to 5. Results Of 4846 consecutive patients who were patch tested, 146 (3%) were chromate-sensitive. Of 46 (31.5%) who presented with chromate OACD, 27 (59%) had cement-induced chromate OACD. The proportion of chromate-sensitive patients with clinically relevant cement exposure increased from 7.7% in 2002 to 2004 to 28.7% in 2011 to 2013 (P = 0.04). The median age of presentation was younger than for other chromate-sensitive patients (32 vs 42 years). Hand eczema (88.9%) was the most frequent clinical presentation. Of the 27 with cement-induced chromate OACD, 21 (77.8%) had ongoing dermatitis at the time of the review. Although 14/27 (51.9%) changed their occupation to avoid exposure to cement, symptoms persisted in 9/14 (64.3%). Prolonged exposure to cement before development of symptoms was associated with chronicity. All the symptomatic patients experienced at least a moderate effect on their quality of life (grade 3 or higher on the Dermatology Life Quality Index). Conclusions We recommend the adoption of the European legislation in Israel, to reduce the prevalence of chromate OACD from cement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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