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Occupational rhinitis and asthma due to EDTA-containing detergents or disinfectants.
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PMID:  22431256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Detergents and disinfectants are an emerging cause of work-related rhinitis and asthma. These products may contain ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). The authors report 10 cases of EDTA-related asthma and/or rhinitis. METHODS: Review of the medical charts of patients who presented with work-related rhinitis (alone or with asthma), with a history of exposure to aerosols of EDTA-containing products and who underwent a nasal provocation test (NPT) with tetrasodium EDTA (1-4%) in our occupational health unit. RESULTS: Twenty-eight patients underwent a NPT with EDTA, which was positive in 10 cases. These patients, mostly cleaners or healthcare workers, used spray formulations of cleaning products. CONCLUSIONS: This case series is the first report of EDTA-related respiratory disease, documented by a specific test. An irritant mechanism is unlikely. Further studies are required to distinguish between an immunoallergic response and a pharmacological mechanism possibly resulting from calcium chelation, as suggested by animal experiments. A ban of spray preparations would be sufficient to prevent respiratory disease induced by EDTA inhalation, regardless of its mechanism. Am. J. Ind. Med. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Hervé Laborde-Castérot; Antoine F Villa; Nicole Rosenberg; Patricia Dupont; Hwee Min Lee; Robert Garnier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-0274     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
AP-HP, Paris Poison Centre, Occupational and Environmental Health Unit, Fernand Widal Hospital, Paris, France.
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