Four-year evaluation of workers exposed to trimellitic anhydride: A brief report

Kris G. McGrath, Donald Roach, C. Raymond Zeiss, Roy Patterson*

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In a four-year clinical, Immunologic, and environmental study of trimellitic anhydride (TMA) exposure In a single plant, 20 workers exposed to TMA powder were evaluated in 1979 and a total of 32 workers were evaluated from 1979 to 1983. Two distinct groups emerged before and after workplace control improvements were made in 1979. Seventeen of the original 20 workers were available for longitudinal study through 1983. Annual clinical evaluations and serum radioimmunoassays for total antibody binding and specific IgE binding to125/ TM-HSA (human serum albumin) were performed on all 32 workers. In 1979, six workers had antibody against TM-HSA, three had the late respiratory systemic syndrome, and two had TMA- induced allergic rhinitis or allergic rhinitis and asthma. One worker had antibody against TM-HSA without Illness. Fifteen additional workers were evaluated longitudinally after institution of several workplace control measures. Four of these 15 workers had TMA exposure prior to environmental Improvement and joined the study in 1982. The remaining 11 workers joined the study in 1982 and had at least two years of TMA exposure in the modified workplace. None of these 11 workers developed a TMA-induced Immunologic syndrome or significant total or specific IgE antibody binding to125/ TM-HSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-675
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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