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Rhinology. 2003 Jun;41(2):125-6.

The Sheffield nose--an occupational disease?

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield, United Kingdom.


We report a case of silver tattooing of the nasal mucosa in a silver polisher. The concern in such cases is mainly due to the suspicion of melanoma. The diagnosis was confirmed by using the Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) method, which revealed the presence of two types of silver isotopes, at 107 and 109 m/z.

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