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Systemic contact dermatitis due to amethocaine following digital rectal examination

  • Author(s): Caro Gutiérrez, Dolores
  • Gómez de la Fuente, Enrique
  • Pampín Franco, Ana
  • Ascanio Armada, Lucía
  • López Estebaranz, José Luis
  • et al.
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Systemic contact dermatitis is a dermatitis that may occur in previously sensitized individuals (usually through the skin or mucosa) when they are re-exposed to the allergen systemically (oral, rectal, inhaled, intravesical, intravenous...). Although many drugs have been implicated as a cause of systemic contact dermatitis, local anesthetics derived from caines have been rarely reported. We present a case of systemic contact dermatitis after performing a digital rectal examination with a urological lubricant containing amethocaine.

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