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Document ID (ISN)106702
CIS number 07-642
ISSN - Serial title 0944-2502 - Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Böcher A., Müller M., Buchter A.
Title Arsenic diseases of wine-growers and medical importance of environmental arsenic exposure
Original title Die Arsenerkrankungen der Winzer und umweltmedizinische Bedeutung der Arsenbelastung [in German]
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.56, No.3, p.58-67. Illus. Bibl.ref.
Abstract Five cases of arsenic diseases have recently been identified among elderly wine growers who had been occupationally exposed in the 1930s and 1940s to arsenic-containing pesticides and who had consumed arsenic-containing home made wine. The exposure circumstances in these cases and the diagnosed arsenic-related diseases are described. In all cases the latency period between termination of exposure and first diagnosis of an arsenic-related disease was extremely long, ranging from 40 to 60 years. In two cases a urinary transitional cell carcinoma was diagnosed in addition to typical skin diseases caused by arsenic. Based on epidemiologic data from Asian and South American countries that provided evidence of a significantly increased risk of urinary transitional cell carcinoma following long-term arsenic exposure, it is recommended that this cancer should be recognized as an occupational disease in patients with skin diseases caused by occupational arsenic exposure.
Descriptors (primary) arsenic; skin diseases; bladder tumour
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiological aspects; occupational diseases; vineyards; Germany; latency; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the kidney and the urinary system
Arsenic and compounds
Inorganic substances
Skin diseases