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Document ID (ISN)109594
CIS number 09-573
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Moen B.E., Hollund B.E., Riise T.
Title Neurological symptoms among dental assistants: A cross-sectional study
Bibliographic information May 2008, Vol.3, No.10, 7p. 37 ref.
Internet access http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-3-10.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate neurological symptoms among dental assistants likely to have been exposed to mercury from work with filling material. All female dental assistants still at work and born before 1970 in a region of Norway were invited to answer a questionnaire on demographic variables, life-style factors, and musculoskeletal, neurological and psychosomatic symptoms; 41 responded (response rate 68%) together with 64 randomly-selected assistant nurses in the same age group serving as controls. Data were subjected to logistic regression analyses, after controlling for age, education, alcohol consumption, smoking and personality traits. Dental assistants reported significantly-higher frequencies of neurological and psychosomatic symptoms, problems with memory, concentration, fatigue and sleep disturbance. It is argued that these symptoms may be related to previous exposure to mercury amalgam fillings.
Descriptors (primary) neurotoxic effects; mercury and compounds; dental assistants; women; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; upper extremity disorders; psychosomatic disorders; disturbances of memory; concentration ability; fatigue; sleep disturbances; musculoskeletal diseases; lower extremity disorders; questionnaire survey; case-control study; cross-sectional study; sense of balance; statistical evaluation; Norway
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Mercury and compounds
Inorganic substances