Accidental sodium hypochlorite-induced skin injury during endodontic treatment

Serper A., Ozbek M., Calt S.

JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, vol.30, no.3, pp.180-181, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/00004770-200403000-00013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.180-181
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


A case of accidental skin injury caused by leakage of sodium hypochlorite solution from the rubber dam during root canal preparation is reported. After placement of a rubber dam and initiation of root canal treatment, the patient complained of a burning sensation with sodium hypochlorite irrigation. The complaints were ignored by the practitioner, and a skin rash developed on and around the patient's chin, followed by scab formation. The patient required medical treatment with topical Hamamelis virginiana extract for 2 weeks, with full recovery.