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Document ID (ISN)110875
CIS number 10-0359
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Satora L., Goszcz H., Gomˇłka E., Biedroń W.
Title Diplopia in green tobacco sickness
Bibliographic information 1st quarter 2009, Vol.14, No.1, p.66-69. 5 ref.
Abstract This paper examines the first reported case of green tobacco sickness (GTS) in Poland. A 25-year-old man who worked in a tobacco field for 14 hours with no protective measures experienced symptoms of GTS, and additionally, diplopia, after leaving the field. Upon hospital admission, diplopia was no longer observed. Diplopia was most probably caused by disturbances to the cholinergic neuromuscular transmission, secondary to nicotine. These neurological disturbances, the first of their kind observed in the course of GTS, deserve special attention. The case shows a potential adverse health effect related to tobacco harvest, as most Polish tobacco plantations are not mechanized. Polish farmers should be obligated to protect their workers with protective clothing, shoes, gloves and masks. Recommendations for tobacco harvester health are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) Poland; green-tobacco sickness; diplopia; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) nicotine; conditions of work; diagnosis; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Tobacco industry