MARIA-MAGDALENA CONSTANTIN, STEFANA BUCUR, CLARA MATEI, IULIANA ELENA NITA, TRAIAN CONSTANTIN THE EUROPEAN BASELINE SERIES IN ROMANIA: RESULTS OF PATCH TESTING IN CONTACT DERMATITIS AND DETERMINATION OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY AWARENESS IN ADULT PATIENTS In Romania, data on patch testing are lacking and the significance and applicability of the European baseline series (EBS) needs to be evaluated. The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of contact allergy to the EBS and to determine the most common post-test sensitization occurred in the population of patients with suspected allergic contact dermatitis in Romania. Demographic data were collected from 252 patients with suspected allergic contact dermatitis. Pacients were patch tested with 28-allergen EBS.The positive patch test was observed in 80.16% patients. The most prevalent contact allergens were nickel sulphate (15.08%), fragrance mix I & II (13.10%) and potassium dichromate (9.52%). Differences in sensitization prevalences to some allergens of the EBS compared with other European countries were recognized. The current EBS is a suitable diagnostic tool for contact allergy in Romania.
Keywords: allergens, European baseline series, contact allergy, patch testing