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Vol 59, No 1-4 (2008)
MARITIME HEALTH
Published online: 2010-03-29
Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Professional photosensitive eczema of fishermen by contact with bryozoans: Disabling occupational dermatosis

Benedicte Clin, Catherine Stosse-Guevel, Marie-France Marquignon, Laurence Verneuil, Marc Letourneux
International Maritime Health 2008;59(1-4):45-52.

open access

Vol 59, No 1-4 (2008)
MARITIME HEALTH
Published online: 2010-03-29
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

Eczema associated with bryozoans is a form of occupational dermatosis caused by a living animal, involving contact eczema, occasionally associated with photosensitivity and concerning fishermen on a quasi-elective basis. This affection can prove to be extremely disabling, frequently generating disastrous social consequences, since the eviction of the responsible allergen is very often synonymous to occupational reclassification, a measure which fishermen, highly attached to their profession, have great difficulty in accepting. Based on the description of three cases of photosensitive eczema associated with contact with the bryozoan, Alcyonidium gelatinosum, identified in fishermen from the English Channel coastline, we describe the characteristics and the specificities of this occupational dermatosis, then approach the issue of its prevention, which, unfortunately, remains limited.

Abstract

Eczema associated with bryozoans is a form of occupational dermatosis caused by a living animal, involving contact eczema, occasionally associated with photosensitivity and concerning fishermen on a quasi-elective basis. This affection can prove to be extremely disabling, frequently generating disastrous social consequences, since the eviction of the responsible allergen is very often synonymous to occupational reclassification, a measure which fishermen, highly attached to their profession, have great difficulty in accepting. Based on the description of three cases of photosensitive eczema associated with contact with the bryozoan, Alcyonidium gelatinosum, identified in fishermen from the English Channel coastline, we describe the characteristics and the specificities of this occupational dermatosis, then approach the issue of its prevention, which, unfortunately, remains limited.
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Title

Professional photosensitive eczema of fishermen by contact with bryozoans: Disabling occupational dermatosis

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 59, No 1-4 (2008)

Pages

45-52

Published online

2010-03-29

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2008;59(1-4):45-52.

Authors

Benedicte Clin
Catherine Stosse-Guevel
Marie-France Marquignon
Laurence Verneuil
Marc Letourneux

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