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Severe headache associated with occupational exposure to Stoddard solvent.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11307689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a case of recurrent headaches in a woman with a workplace exposure to airborne (misted) lubricating fluid containing Stoddard solvent. For 2 months, the employee was seen by her family physician, a neurologist and an ophthalmologist. All attempted to diagnose the cause of and treat her headaches. Despite extensive testing, no etiology was discovered. Her headaches continued despite the use of medications. The employee, suspecting an occupational connection, changed the lubricating fluid at her workstation to a non-Stoddard solvent. Within 2 days she reported the complete resolution of her headaches with no further recurrences. A thorough occupational history and literature review supported exposure to Stoddard solvent as the probable source of her headaches.
T S Prince; S E Spengler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-18     Completed Date:  2001-05-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Headache Disorders / chemically induced*
Hydrocarbons / adverse effects*
Medical History Taking
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hydrocarbons; 8052-41-3/Stoddard solvent

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