Thimerosal: A hidden allergen in ophthalmology

Antonella Tosti, G. Tosti

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Abstract

We report 36 patients with thimerosal-induced follicular allergic contact conjunctivitis. 18 patients had follicular conjunctivitis without eyelid involvement, while 5 patients had follicular conjunctivitis associated with an allergic contact dermatitis of the eyelids; all these patients had been using thimerosal-containing eye drops. A further 13 patients were soft contact lens wearers who became sensitized to their own thimerosal-containing lens solutions. All 36 patients showed a positive patch test reaction to thimerosal, while only 1 of them reacted to an ophthalmic solution. Thimerosal sensitization appears to be clinically relevant in ophthalmic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalContact Dermatitis
Volume18
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Ophthalmology
Thimerosal
Allergens
Ophthalmic Solutions
Conjunctivitis
Eyelids
Dermatitis
Contact lenses
Allergic Conjunctivitis
Hydrophilic Contact Lens
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Patch Tests
Lenses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Toxicology

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Thimerosal : A hidden allergen in ophthalmology. / Tosti, Antonella; Tosti, G.

In: Contact Dermatitis, Vol. 18, No. 5, 01.01.1988, p. 268-273.

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Tosti, A & Tosti, G 1988, 'Thimerosal: A hidden allergen in ophthalmology', Contact Dermatitis, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 268-273.
Tosti, Antonella ; Tosti, G. / Thimerosal : A hidden allergen in ophthalmology. In: Contact Dermatitis. 1988 ; Vol. 18, No. 5. pp. 268-273.
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