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Author Takamatsu, M. ♦ Oki, M. ♦ Maeda, K. ♦ Inoue, Y. ♦ Hirayama, H. ♦ Yoshizuka, K.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT. ♦ CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ♦ HEALTH HAZARDS ♦ CHLORINATED AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS ♦ OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE ♦ TISSUE DISTRIBUTION ♦ TEXTILE INDUSTRY ♦ AGE DEPENDENCE ♦ BENZOFURANS ♦ BLOOD ♦ JAPAN ♦ OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES ♦ OILS ♦ PATIENTS ♦ PERSONNEL ♦ RICE ♦ SURVEYS ♦ SYMPTOMS ♦ AROMATICS ♦ ASIA ♦ BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS ♦ BODY FLUIDS ♦ CEREALS ♦ DISTRIBUTION ♦ FURANS ♦ GRASS ♦ HALOGENATED AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS ♦ HAZARDS ♦ HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS ♦ INDUSTRY ♦ MATERIALS ♦ ORGANIC CHLORINE COMPOUNDS ♦ ORGANIC COMPOUNDS ♦ ORGANIC HALOGEN COMPOUNDS ♦ ORGANIC OXYGEN COMPOUNDS ♦ OTHER ORGANIC COMPOUNDS ♦ PLANTS ♦ Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology- Man- (-1987)
Abstract Surveys of workers occupationally exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the production of thread or of paint, and of Yusho patients were carried out from 1973 to 1982. PCB concentrations in the plasma of the workers ranged from 2 to 521 ppb, and some showed higher PCB levels in the plasma than typical Japanese Yusho patients. Gas chromatographic patterns of plasma PCBs of the workers with high PCB levels were shown to match the patterns of the PCBs to which they had been exposed in the workplace. Japanese Yusho children showed remarkable decrease with time, but no such decrease was observed in the Yusho adults and the workers. Polychlorinated quaterphenyls (PCQs) were detected in the blood of typical Japanese and Taiwanese Yusho patients, but PCQ levels in the plasma of the workers were below the detection limit of 0.02 ppb. Clinical findings and subjective complaints of the workers were usually slight compared with typical Yusho patients, though some of them had mild dermal manifestations and their PCB levels were suspected to be related to serum triglyceride values. On the basis of these results, the authors discussed the relationship between the health status of the subjects and their contamination with PCBs or related compounds.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1985-02-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Environ. Health Perspect.
Organization Kurume Univ., Japan


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