Contact dermatitis with cervical lymphadenopathy following exposure to the hide beetle, Dermestes peruvianus

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Abstract

Contact with beetles of the family Dermestidae can produce a variety of disorders including skin, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract disease. Dermatological disorders include dermatitis,1,2 vesicular,3 pustular and vasculitic lesions. In addition, there may be pruritus, desquamation and urticaria.2,4 We report a patient who developed dermatitis, a vasculitic eruption, cervical lymphadenopathy and pulmonary nodular interstitial infiltration as a result of contact with the 'hide beetle' Dermestes peruvianus.

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