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Metal fume fever: a review of the literature and cases reported to the Louisiana Poison Control Center.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20108830     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Metal fume fever (MFF) is an important occupational-related illness resulting from inhalation of volatile metal oxides, especially zinc, that are produced during welding or cutting of metal materials. Onset of MFF is rapid, occurring within a few hours after inhalation of the fumes. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, dyspnea, headache, myalgia, and malaise. Symptoms are self-limiting and typically resolve within 24 hours with a subsequent short-lived tolerance to zinc oxide fumes that disappears after one to two days of avoidance. In this report, we present an overview of MFF's history, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, regulatory guidelines, and prevention recommendations. This review is followed by a description of MFF cases reported by the Louisiana Poison Control Center to the Louisiana Office of Public Health's Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology during a two-year period.
Syed Atif Ahsan; Michelle Lackovic; Adrienne Katner; Christine Palermo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society     Volume:  161     ISSN:  0024-6921     ISO Abbreviation:  J La State Med Soc     Publication Date:    2009 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-29     Completed Date:  2010-02-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505618     Medline TA:  J La State Med Soc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  348-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Gas Poisoning / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  etiology*,  therapy
Louisiana / epidemiology
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*,  diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy
Respiratory Tract Diseases / chemically induced*,  diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy
Zinc Oxide / poisoning*
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
1314-13-2/Zinc Oxide

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