GRAFTON TYLER BROWN, B.S., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Although occasional references to flaxseed or linseed sensitization are scattered through the vast literature on allergy, it seems to me that hypersensitiveness to this substance is deserving of further emphasis.
Contact with ground flaxseed, in the preparation of flaxseed poultices, has been known to produce urticaria of the hands and arms, and also asthmatic attacks. Walker1 reported one case of angioneurotic edema caused by flaxseed.
Cooke2 referred to one patient with asthma and coryza from linseed, and testing this patient intradermally with linseed extract produced an immediate constitutional reaction manifested by asthma, coryza, urticaria, and also
BROWN GT. Linseed Meal Sensitization*. Ann Intern Med. 1930;4:601–612. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-4-6-601
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(6):601-612.
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