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Document ID (ISN)78106
CIS number 02-315
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Newman L.S., Mroz M.M., Maier L.A., Daniloff E.M., Balkissoon R.
Title Efficacy of serial medical surveillance for chronic beryllium disease in a beryllium machining plant
Bibliographic information Mar. 2001, Vol.43, No.3, p.231-237. 20 ref.
Internet access 02-0315.pdf [in English]
Abstract There is limited information on the use of the blood beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT) at regular intervals in medical surveillance. Employees of a beryllium machining plant were screened with the BeLPT biennially, and new employees were screened within 3 months of hire. Of 235 employees screened from 1995 to 1997, a total of 15 (6.4 %) had confirmed abnormal BeLPT results indicating beryllium sensitization; nine of these employees were diagnosed with chronic beryllium disease. Four of the 15 cases were diagnosed within 3 months of first exposure. When 187 of the 235 employees participated in biennial screening in 1997 to 1999, seven more had developed beryllium sensitization or chronic beryllium disease, increasing the overall rate to 9.4 % (22 of 235). The blood BeLPT should be used serially in beryllium disease surveillance to capture new or missed cases of sensitization and disease.
Descriptors (primary) beryllium; exposure tests; machining; berylliosis
Descriptors (secondary) lymphocytes; sensitization; medical supervision; determination in blood
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Biological monitoring
Pneumoconioses