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Arsenical keratosis

An arsenical keratosis is a growth of keratin on the skin caused by arsenic,[1]:725 which occurs naturally in the earth's crust and is widely distributed in the environment,[2] Arsenical compounds are used in industrial, agricultural, and medicinal substances. Arsenic is also found to be an environmental contaminant in drinking water (well water) and an occupational hazard for miners and glass workers.[3]:640 Arsenic may also causes other conditions including: Bowen's disease,[4] cardiovascular diseases, developmental abnormalities, neurologic and neurobehavioral disorders, diabetes, hearing loss, hematologic disorders, and various types of cancer.[5] Arsenical keratoses may persist indefinitely, and some may develop into invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Metastatic arsenic squamous cell carcinoma and arsenic-induced malignancies in internal organs such as the bladder, kidney, skin, liver, and colon, may result in death.[5]


Arsenite impairs nucleotide excision repair,[6] and it may also affect gene expression by increasing or decreasing DNA methylation. The high affinity of arsenic for sulfhydryl groups makes keratin-rich cells (e.g., epidermal keratinocytes) a sensitive target for arsenic-induced toxicity. Arsenic has been shown to alter epidermal keratinocyte differentiation processes,[7] induce overexpression of growth factors,[8] and enhance proliferation of human keratinocytes.



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  9. ^ Son SB, Song HJ, Son SW (March 2008). "Successful treatment of palmoplantar arsenical keratosis with a combination of keratolytics and low-dose acitretin". Clin. Exp. Dermatol. 33 (2): 202–4. PMID 18039342. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2230.2007.02596.x. 
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  12. ^ Boonchai W (April 2006). "Treatment of precancerous and cancerous lesions of chronic arsenicism with 5% imiquimod cream". Arch Dermatol 142 (4): 531–2. PMID 16618886. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.4.531.