'Lambing ears': a blistering disorder affecting farmers at lambing time.

Heathcote, K., Theaker, J.M, Gibbins, N., Healy, E., Heathcote, G.B. and Friedmann, P.S. (2008) 'Lambing ears': a blistering disorder affecting farmers at lambing time. British Journal of Dermatology, 158, (1), pp. 134-137. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2007.08279.x).


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At lambing time some farmers experience blistering and crusting of the pinnae. This occupational disease, termed 'lambing ears', does not feature in the medical literature. Objectives To define the condition and explore its pathogenesis. Methods We obtained five biopsies from affected individuals and sent questionnaires to 69 farmers in the U.K. Farming communities abroad were also contacted. Results The eruption lasts for the duration of the lambing practice. The histological features are dominated by a pandermal perivascular and diffuse, predominantly T-cell lymphocytic infiltrate. Only the pinnae are affected and its incidence is related to the degree of involvement a farmer has with the animals around parturition. The condition also occurs, but less frequently, in farmers who are calving. Conclusions This occupational disease occurs with close contact to lambing ewes or calving cows. The histology and distribution are comparable with the juvenile spring eruption variant of polymorphic light eruption, but its demographics are unique.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2007.08279.x
ISSNs: 0007-0963 (print)
Keywords: amniotic fluid, lymphocytic infiltrate, ovine, pinnae
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
ePrint ID: 59311
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Date Event
January 2008Published
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:34
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/59311

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