The Journal of Community Health Management

Effect of exposure to formaldehyde on the skin of first-year medical students during Anatomy dissection: A longitudinal study

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Author Details: Dipak Kumar Dhar,Sudeepa Chaudhuri,Sumit Kumar Singh,Sudip Bhattacharya*

Volume : 5

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-2738

Print ISSN : 2394-272X

Article First Page : 202

Article End Page : 204


Exposure to formaldehyde is one of the various occupational hazards experienced by a doctor. It is used in its aqueous form, formalin for embalming cadavers which are used for teaching gross anatomy by dissection. Therefore, medical students in their first year routinely handle the cadaver and dermal contact is thus a significant and consistent portal of exposure to formaldehyde. The toxic and allergic potential of formaldehyde is well documented in research literature. The present study was intended to assess the various dermatological manifestations of this exposure and provide a possible understanding of the mechanism behind it by estimation of eosinophil count. Descriptive statistics, Friedman’s Test and paired-t test were used for statistical analysis. A p-value < 0>

Keywords: Formaldehyde, Medical students, Dermal symptoms, Skin reactions.

Doi No:-10.18231/2394-2738.2018.0041