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Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Fiddler's neck; Skin phenomena caused by musical instruments

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Special form of the acne mechanica on the left side of the neck for violinists and viola players.

Clinical features
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Reddish-brownish, moderately coarse, blurred plaque at the contact point of the violin, interspersed with a few comedones; sooty surface. The dermatosis is often complicated by a contact allergic reaction.

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Avoiding the triggering process by changing the holding mechanism on the violin. Placing a cloth in between.

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  2. Gambichler T, Uzun A, Boms S, Altmeyer P, Altenm├╝ller E (2008). Skin conditions in instrumental musicians: a self-reported survey. Contact dermatitis 58:217-222
  3. Jue MS et al (2010) Fiddler's Neck Accompanied by Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Nickel in a Viola Player. Ann Dermatol 22:88-90: PMC2883408.

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Trumpet callosity;

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Acne mechanica;


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Last updated on: 29.10.2020