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Photokeratoconjunctivitis caused by different light sources.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15666251     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To assess the current state of photokeratoconjunctivitis (PKC) and compare patients caused by different light sources, we recruited 106 consecutive cases from August 2001 to March 2002 through the emergency department at a teaching hospital in Taiwan and conducted questionnaire interviews and telephone follow-ups. Whereas 85.8% of the cases received exposures from welding, only 3.8% were professional welders, and most cases were of other occupations with occasional use of welding. A substantial number of cases were attributable to ultraviolet (UV) lamps and sparkles from short circuits (7 each). Cases caused by different light sources (welding, UV lamps, and sparkles) had significant differences in occupations, exposure durations, and distances to light sources. In comparison with cases caused by welding, cases caused by short circuit sparkles had a more acute course, but those caused by UV lamps had a less acute course. Few cases used protection equipment, which highlighted the importance of education.
Yuan-Lung Yen; Hsing-L Lin; Hung-Jung Lin; Po-Ching Chen; Chien-Ren Chen; Guo-Huei Chang; How-Ran Guo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0735-6757     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-24     Completed Date:  2005-03-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  511-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainai, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Child, Preschool
Electricity / adverse effects
Eye Protective Devices
Follow-Up Studies
Interviews as Topic
Keratoconjunctivitis / etiology*
Light / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / etiology
Occupational Exposure
Prospective Studies
Time Factors
Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects

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