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Is p-tert-butylphenol-formaldehyde resin (PTBP-FR) in TRUE Test® (Mekos test) sensitizing the tested patients?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
2015 (English)In: Contact Dermatitis, ISSN 0105-1873, E-ISSN 1600-0536, Vol. 73, no 6, 350-357 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background: In a population study using TRUE Test®, we noted late reactions to p-tert-butylphenol-formaldehyde resin (PTBP-FR) in 0.5% of subjects tested.

Objectives: In order to explore possible test sensitization, differences in the contents of sensitizers within PTBP-FR in test preparations for TRUE Test® and Finn Chambers® were analysed. Subjects allergic to PTBP-FR and subjects with late reactions to PTBP-FR were retested in order to explore whether these groups reacted to different PTBP-FR sensitizers.

Patients/materials/methods: Four individuals with late reactions and 5 subjects with established allergy to PTBP-FR were retested with defined PTBP-FR sensitizers. PTBP-FR constituents in patches from TRUE Test® were analysed with high-performance liquid chromatography. Previously analysed samples of PTBP-FR constituents served as a reference.

Results: The pattern of reaction to PTBP-FR sensitizers was similar in both groups. Subjects with suspected sensitization had somewhat stronger reactions than controls. The concentrations of monomers, dimers and trimers were generally higher in the TRUE Test® resin than in reference substances.

Conclusions: Retesting did not add information regarding causes of possible sensitization. Analysis showed that the resin used in TRUE Test® has a lower degree of polymerization or condensation, which may enhance its sensitizing properties. A follow-up of late reactions to PTBP-FR in TRUE Test® should be carried out.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 73, no 6, 350-357 p.
Keyword [en]
active sensitization, late reactions, retesting
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Dermatology and Venereal Diseases Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114628DOI: 10.1111/cod.12401ISI: 000367197500005PubMedID: 25903478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-114628DiVA: diva2:900454
Available from: 2016-02-04 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2016-02-04Bibliographically approved

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