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Document ID (ISN)43058
CIS number 84-1993
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Armstrong C.W., Moore L.W., Hackler R.L., Miller G.B., Stroube R.B.
Title An outbreak of metal fume fever. Diagnostic use of urinary copper and zinc determinations
Bibliographic information Dec. 1983, Vol.25, No.12, p.886-888. 13 ref.
Abstract Symptoms of fever, dyspnoea, chills, headache and nausea were among those commonly reported by 26 workers involved in cutting brass pipes with electric cutting torches in an enclosed, poorly ventilated steam condenser. Clinical signs were limited to wheezing or rales in 8 patients. Leukocytosis and an increase in band cell forms were noted in 21 and 20 workers, respectively. The median time interval between exposure and onset of symptoms was 5h. Of 12 workers admitted to a hospital 5 had urine copper levels >0.05mg/l.
Descriptors (primary) copper; urine monitoring; arc cutting; metal fume fever
Descriptors (secondary) zinc; exposure evaluation; work in confined spaces; brass
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Copper and compounds
Biological monitoring
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Welding and cutting