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Metal fume fever - a case review of calls made to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre.
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PMID:  22396928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective To determine the epidemiology of metal fume fever over an extended period in Victoria, Australia. Methods A retrospective case review of all metal fume fever related calls to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre. Specific defined criteria were used to identify cases of metal fume fever and a set of data points extracted for each. Results Eighty-four (99%) of the cases involved adults. Fifty-three percent of exposures occurred in the workplace. The most frequent day of symptom manifestation was Monday (24%). All of the calls concerned people involved in welding metal with subsequent inhalation of fumes. Discussion Calls were most common at the beginning of the week, reflecting the previously described phenomena of increased symptoms occurring after a period on nonexposure (loss of tolerance). Workplace safety and education is key to prevention of metal fume fever. Medical profession education may help prevent occurrences of metal fume fever at home, at school and in the workplace.
Anselm Wong; Shaun Greene; Jeff Robinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
MBBS, is a toxicology and emergency registrar, Victorian Poisons Information Centre, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
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