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Medical management of three workers following a radiation exposure incident.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1415290     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The medical management of three individuals involved in an exposure incident to whole-body radiation at a nuclear generating plant of a Canadian electrical utility is described. The exposure incident resulted in the two highest whole-body radiation doses ever received in a single event by workers in a Canadian nuclear power plant. The individual whole-body doses (127.4 mSv, 92.0 mSv, 22.4 mSv) were below the threshold for acute radiation sickness but the exposures still presented medical management problems related to assessment and counseling. Serial blood counting and lymphocyte cytogenetic analysis to corroborate the physical dosimetry were performed. All three employees experienced somatic symptoms due to stress and one employee developed post-traumatic stress disorder. This incident indicates that there is a need in such radiation exposure accidents for early and continued counseling of exposed employees to minimize the risk of development of stress-related symptoms.
R A House; S E Sax; E R Rumack; D L Holness
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0271-3586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ind. Med.     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-02     Completed Date:  1992-11-02     Revised Date:  2006-02-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Chromosome Aberrations
Cobalt Radioisotopes / adverse effects
Occupational Diseases / therapy*
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
Power Plants
Radiation Injuries / therapy*
Radiation Monitoring
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cobalt Radioisotopes

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