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Senna-Containing Laxative Inducing Blistering Dermatitis in Toddlers

Wallace A. Smith, BS; Adam R. Taintor, MD; Liborka Kos, MD; Beth Drolet, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(3):402-404. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.2750.
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Correspondence: Dr Kos, Department of Dermatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (lkos@childrenspg.org).

Financial Disclosure: None reported.

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