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Contact Dermatitis from Penetration of Rubber Gloves by Acrylic Monomer

Br Med J 1971; 2 doi: (Published 17 April 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;2:141
  1. J. S. Pegum,
  2. F. A. Medhurst


    An orthopaedic surgeon developed dermatitis from acrylic materials. The acrylic monomer was found to penetrate surgical rubber gloves readily. Cases of “rubber glove dermatitis” with negative patch tests may have a similar explanation. Laboratory tests suggest that monomer does not damage rubber sufficiently to allow bacteria to penetrate gloves, but it remains possible that this would happen under theatre conditions.