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Medical Corner (Toxicity in Brass for Brass Playing Musicians)


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Wolff, E.
Journal Title: ITA Journal
Date Published: 1996
Language: English
Category: Anatomical, Physiological & Historical Research
Key Words: medical toxicity brass performance musician
Full Citation: Wolff, Edward A. Medical Corner. (Toxicity in Brass for Brass Playing Musicians) ITA Journal 24, no. 2 (1996): 20.
Full Abstract: A review of medical literature finds that brass is a potential toxin, though it is an insignificant risk to brass playing musicians. Brass, particularly brass dust, is toxic to animals; however, contact with brass via playing a brass instrument should not result in any form of reaction. In rare cases, a hypertensive musician may develop a localized rash from contact with brass. Treatment options include avoidance through plating the exposed brass and steroidal cream. The rash manifests itself in a manner consistent with Herpes labialis. Observation will reveal the true cause of such rash.