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Sensory perception: an overlooked target of occupational exposure to metals.
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PMID:  18365054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The effect of exposure to industrial metals on sensory perception of workers has received only modest interest from the medical community to date. Nevertheless, some experimental and epidemiological data exist showing that industrial metals can affect vision, hearing and olfactory function, and a similar effect is also suggested for touch and taste. In this review the main industrial metals involved are discussed. An important limit in available knowledge is that, to date, the number of chemicals studied is relatively small. Another is that the large majority of the studies have evaluated the effect of a single chemical on a single sense. As an example, we know that mercury can impair hearing, smell, taste, touch and also vision, but we have scant idea if, in the same worker, a relation exists between impairments in different senses, or if impairments are independent. Moreover, workers are frequently exposed to different chemicals; a few available results suggest that a co-exposure may have no effect, or result in both an increase and a decrease of the effect, as observed for hearing loss, but this aspect certainly deserves much more study. As a conclusion, exposure to industrial metals can affect sensory perception, but knowledge of this effect is yet incomplete, and is largely inadequate especially for an estimation of "safe" thresholds of exposure. These data support the desirability of further good quality studies in this field.
Fabriziomaria Gobba
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioinorganic chemistry and applications     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1565-3633     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioinorg Chem Appl     Publication Date:  2003  
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Created Date:  2008-03-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101200445     Medline TA:  Bioinorg Chem Appl     Country:  Egypt    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-214     Citation Subset:  -    
Cattedra di Medicina del Lavoro Dipartimento di Scienze Igienistiche Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Via Campi 287 Modena (MO) 41100 Italy.
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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Bioinorg Chem Appl
ISSN: 1565-3633
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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Print publication date: Year: 2003
Volume: 1 Issue: 2
First Page: 199 Last Page: 214
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PubMed Id: 18365054
Publisher Item Identifier: S1565363303000165
DOI: 10.1155/S1565363303000165

Sensory Perception: An Overlooked Target of Occupational Exposure to Metals
Fabriziomaria Gobba Address:
Cattedra di Medicina del LavoroDipartimento di Scienze IgienisticheUniversit? di Modena e Reggio EmiliaVia Campi 287Modena (MO)41100Italy

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