The Standard and Additional Series of Patch Tests

  • J.-M. Lachapelle


The use of a standard series in all tested patients was adopted worldwide in the 1980s. Formerly, many authors refused to adhere to its systematic use and championed the concept of “selected patch tests”. Werner Jadassohn (at Geneva) had a strong influence on many colleagues in this respect. The principle of “choice” or “selection” was based upon a careful recording of anamnestic data, especially in the field of occupational dermatology [1]. A similar view was shared in France by Foussereau [2]. Their opinion was that “testing systematically” with a standard series led unavoidably to a lazy clinical attitude. They argued that by doing so, clinicians were tempted to neglect the medical history of each individual patient.


Contact Dermatitis Patch Test Standard Series Additional Series Dodecyl Gallate 
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