Thursday, March 24, 2011

Human exposure assessment and relief from neuropsychiatric symptoms: case study of a hairdresser.

J Am Board Fam Pract. 2004 Mar-Apr;17(2):136-41.

Genuis SJ, Genuis SK.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alberta, Canada.


Human exposure assessment and the results of implementing 'precautionary avoidance' suggested a relationship between a hairdresser's neuropsychiatric symptoms and occupational exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. A variety of investigations in response to patient complaints of depression, emotional instability and various physical symptoms revealed no objective abnormality; the CH2OPD2 mnemonic (community, home, hobbies, occupation, personal habits, diet and drugs) recommended by the Ontario College of Family Physicians was used as a first-line screening tool to assess potential environmental exposure to toxins. After occupational leave of absence, the patient reported cessation of symptoms. Environmental causes for familiar medical problems are frequently undiagnosed; it is recommended that, where appropriate, a screening tool for evaluation of environmental exposure to toxics be incorporated into primary care assessment and management of patients.

PMID: 15082673 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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