Patch Testing and Prick Testing

A Practical Guide Official Publication of the ICDRG

  • Jean-Marie Lachapelle
  • Howard I. Maibach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Patch Testing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Audrey Nosbaum, Jean-François Nicolas, Jean-Marie Lachapelle
      Pages 3-10
    3. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Howard I. Maibach
      Pages 39-84
    4. Jean-Marie Lachapelle
      Pages 85-103
    5. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, An Goossens
      Pages 105-113
    6. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Howard I. Maibach
      Pages 115-124
    7. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Howard I. Maibach
      Pages 125-143
    8. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Howard I. Maibach
      Pages 145-152
  3. Prick Testing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Jean-Marie Lachapelle, Howard I. Maibach
      Pages 177-191
  4. Testing in Cutaneous Systemic Immune-Related Adverse Drug Reactions: Interest and Limitations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-246

About this book


The fourth edition of this important book, which includes additional color illustrations, has been extensively revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the most recent developments. These include advances in patch testing methodology, in particular the new chambers that are appearing on the market, revision of the baseline series of patch tests to reflect the latest evidence-based work, and additional testing procedures. Other additions include sections on key allergens and concentrations, with the result is a superb guide to the current management of positive and negative patch test and prick test reactions that will be invaluable for all practicing dermatologists, from the beginner to the well-trained expert.

The fourth edition continues the tradition of partnering with the ICDRG (International Contact Dermatitis Research Group). The ICDRG was formed in 1966 to promote the understanding of contact dermatitis. It has had major roles in the standardization of patch testing and the facilitation of regular scientific meetings, for over forty years and thirty five years respectively. It has also been involved in the authorship of a number of publications on contact dermatitis. Both Drs. Maibach and Lachapelle are members and the ICDRG is now comprised of representatives from all over the world, and currently includes members from Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Singapore, Korea, India, Japan, Canada, Uruguay and Australia.

From the reviews of the previous editions:
"The aim is to balance brevity and clarity with sufficient details for beginners in the field of diagnostic patch and prick testing. … the book also will be of use to dermatology residents or anyone wishing to gain better knowledge of contact dermatitis. … There are many high-quality photographs and useful algorithms and tables. … It is clearly and concisely written and will serve as an indispensable guide for any dermatologist interested in contact dermatitis." (Renata H. Mullen, Doody’s Review Service, August, 2009)


Allergic Contact Dermatitis Drug-induced Skin Reactions Irritant Contact Dermatitis Patch Testing Prick Testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Marie Lachapelle
    • 1
  • Howard I. Maibach
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of DermatologyCatholic University of LouvainBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of DermatologySchool of Medicine, University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27098-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27099-5
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