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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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CARLIN, César E  and  FERRANDIZ, Jorge J. Algunas consideraciones sobre saturnismo entre los trabajadores de una fundición. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 1956, vol.10, n.1, pp.43-52. ISSN 1726-4634.

This study was made ina smelter foundry where the workers were exposed to Jead fumes and other atmospheric contaminants. It was found that 138 of 1,468 individuals examined had lead poisoning. Three of the positive cases were in persons who had been working in the smelter only a month . The most important findings encountered in the above mentioned cases were: abdominal pains (61.6%), headache (42.0%), generalized weakness (33.3%), emesis (18.8%), lead line (56.5%), jaundice (42.0%), pallor (41.3%), hyperactive reflexes (21.0%), and loss of muscular strength (15.9%). In comparison wíth a control group of 100 healthy workers not exposed to lead fumes, it was observed that there existed a significant reduction in hemoglobin, hematocrit and erythrocyte among individuals with lead poisoning. The average lead content of whole blood was found to be 0.162 mgrs./100 grs., and 0.507  mgrs. of lead per liter of urine. In this study 138 unsuspected cases of lead poisoning were found in employees who were at work in the smelter.

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