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Occupational molybdenum exposure and a gouty electrician.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15757993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Molybdenum is an essential trace element and a component of xanthine oxidase, which catalyses the formation of urate. The toxicity of molybdenum in humans is considered to be low, but hyperuricaemia and gout-like symptoms have been observed sporadically. METHODS: A case of hyperuricaemia and gouty arthritis in a young man with occupational exposure to molybdenum is described. Improvement during an exposure-free period was followed by a relapse after a reconstruction designed to quantify his molybdenum exposure. CONCLUSION: This case seems to represent the first observation of gout associated with occupational molybdenum exposure, but the association might also be entirely circumstantial.
Anders I Seldén; N Peter Berg; Annika Söderbergh; Bernt E O Bergström
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-10     Completed Date:  2005-07-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Orebro University Hospital, SE-701 85 Orebro, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Gouty / chemically induced
Gout / chemically induced*
Molybdenum / toxicity*
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects,  analysis
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