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Document ID (ISN)103712
CIS number 04-556
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bertrand O., Ulrich G., Rivière G., Gressier V., Berr C., Petiet G.
Title Ethmoid adenocarcinoma in a patient manufacturing orthopaedic shoe soles made of cork - Considerations based on a case
Original title Carcinome de l'ethmoïde chez un patient fabricant des semelles de chaussures orthopédiques en liège - A propos d'un cas [in French]
Bibliographic information Mar. 2004, Vol.65, No.1, p.25-29. 19 ref.
Abstract Ethmoid adenocarcinoma is recognized as a professional disease in wood workers, especially those in contact with fine hardwood dust. The main carcinogenic agent responsible is represented by the tannins contained in various wood species. This is also the case for cork, which can contain up to 6% of tannins. Considering that 40,000 French workers are currently exposed to cork dust, it is recommended that the same medical supervision procedures as those in place in the woodworking sector should be adopted. This article describes a case of muco-secretant adenocarcinoma infiltrating the right nasal cavity in a 57 year-old patient who manufactured orthopaedic shoes. From 1965 to 2001, the worker handled leather, rubber, adhesives and cork without effective protection against cork dust. The occupational nature of the disease was recognized.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; occupational diseases; tannins; adenoid tumours; cork products industry; shoe industry; nasal cancer
Descriptors (secondary) carcinogens; wood dust; medical supervision; France; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Footwear, leather and fur industry
Woodworking industry
Lumber and the woodworking industry