Professional illnesses in miners caused by heavy metals and toxic substances

Velickova, Nevenka and Petrova, Biljana (2013) Professional illnesses in miners caused by heavy metals and toxic substances. Archives of Biological Sciences, 65 (3). pp. 1175-1179. ISSN 1821-4339


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The exposure of humans in an environment contaminated with heavy metals is associated with many diseases,
characterized by pathological changes in the respiratory tract, lung function deterioration. The results of the research,
conducted with miners working in the “Sasa” lead and zinc mine, were focused on validating the existing professional risk.
Most affected are the miners engaged in drilling head and ore. Disease was verified by analysis of acute symptoms. According
to the time of exposure, disease symptoms were most frequent after exposure from 1 to 3 years. This indicates that a
short span of exposure can be dangerous for some organs, depending on individual hypersensitivity. The most common
lung diseases in exposed workers are, chronic bronchitis and tracheitis, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumoconiosis
and silicosis. The multidisciplinary elaboration of the topic, suggests the need for a more serious approach to this important
phenomenon (ecotoxicological impact of heavy metals in exposed workers), and also is a specific model that is capable
of application and in other related research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional exposure, ecotoxicology, hospitalization, preventive measures
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Nevenka Velickova
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 10:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 10:55

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