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Document ID (ISN)109116
CIS number 09-128
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meo S.A., Rasheed S., Khan M.M., Shujauddin S., Al-Tuwaijri A.S.
Title Effect of cement dust exposure on phagocytic function of polymorphonuclear neutrophils in cement mill workers
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 2008, Vol.21, No.2, p.133-139. 23 ref.
Abstract The aim of this case-control study was to measure the phagocytic activity of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in cement plant workers by assessing their chemiluminescence (CL) response. A total of 50 volunteer males, aged 25-60 years, apparently healthy and nonsmoking, were randomly selected among cement plant workers in Saudi Arabia. These workers were further classified into subgroups based on exposure duration of less than 10, 10-20, and more than 20 years. The controls were 50 healthy, nonsmoking, males who matched the study group with respect to age, height, weight and socioeconomic status. A significant decrease in phagocytic activity of PMNs was found in cement mill workers compared to controls.
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; cement industry; cement; neutrophil changes; Saudi Arabia
Descriptors (secondary) male workers; exposure evaluation; chemiluminescence analysis; long-term exposure; determination in blood; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePakistan; Saudi Arabia
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cement and concrete
Blood diseases