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Unusual complications after occupational exposure to giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum): A case report

Piotr Klimaszyk 1, 2  ,  
 
1
Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
2
Institute of Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biology, A. Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614, Poznań, Poland
3
Department of Clinical Toxicology, Franciszek Raszeja Hospital, Poznań, Poland
4
West Pomerania Centre for Burn Treatment and Plastic Surgery, SPZZOZ, Gryfice, Poland
5
Intensive Care Unit, SPZZOZ, Gryfice, Poland
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2014;27(1):141–144
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ABSTRACT:
Exposure to giant hogweed brings about the risk of serious skin damage, usually in the form of phytophotodermatitis. Initially, skin changes are signaled by a burning sensation, followed by a vesiculobullous rash and long-term hyperpigmentation. Usually, skin disorders improve after the application of topical and oral corticosteroids. In extremely rare instances, full skin thickness burns or epidermal necrosis occur. The study presents a case of occupational exposure to hogweed, which resulted in extensive skin lesions leading to the disablement of a 27-year-old man. The principles of procedure to be followed when contact with giant hogweed is an occupational hazard are also outlined.
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