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Document ID (ISN)76434
CIS number 01-422
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Macchioni P., Kotopulos C., Talini D., De Santis M., Masino E., Paggiaro P.L.
Title Hairdresser's asthma: Five case reports
Original title Asma dei parrucchieri: descrizione di 5 casi [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 1999, Vol.90, No.6, p.776-785. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract This paper reports five cases of bronchial asthma in hairdressers exposed to bleaching dusts containing potassium and ammonium persulfate. All subjects complained of asthmatic symptoms and were examined for nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness to methacholine. They also underwent skin prick tests for common allergens, maximal expiratory volume monitoring during two weeks at work, specific bronchial challenge (SBC) test with bleaching dust, and assessment of airway inflammation by induced sputum tests. None of the subjects were atopic and all subjects were negative for skin prick tests. All were hyperreactive to methacholine and positive to SBC. Pharmacological treatments in combination with reduced occupational exposure reduced symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) ammonium persulfate; hairdressing; allergic asthma; potassium persulfate
Descriptors (secondary) case study; methacholine; dyspnoea; maximal expiratory flow; sputum cytology; allergy tests; skin tests; hypersensitivity; long-term study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Inorganic substances