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  1. Liver function in workers exposed to N, N-dimethylformamide during the production of synthetic textiles.

    Article - En anglais


    In a factory producing synthetic fibers the hepatotoxic effects of the solvent N, N-di-methylformamide (DMF) were investigated in 126 male employees, especially with regard to the combination effects of DMF exposure and ethyl alcohol consumption.

    A collective of similar structure from the same factory served as a control collective.


    Reference is made to the results of air measurements and biological monitoring presented in a previous publication.

    The DMF concentrations in the air ranged from<0.1 (detection limit) to 37.9 ppm (median 1.2 ppm).

    Concentrations of the DMF metabolite N-methylformamide (NMF) in urine were 0.05-22.0 mg/l (preshift) and 0.9-100.0 mg/l (postshift), corresponding to 0.02-44.6 mg/g creatinine (preshift) and 0.4-62.3 mg/g creatinine (postshift).

    A standardized anamnesis was drawn up for relevant previous illnesses and other factors influencing liver function.

    The laboratory tests included parameters especially relevant to the liver (e.g., AST, ALT, gamma-GT, hepatitis B and C antibodies, and carbohydrate-deficient transferrin).


    The results indicate a statistically significant toxic influence of DMF on liver function.

    Alcohol has a synergistic effect.

    The effects of DMF and those of alcohol are dose-dependent.

    Under the existing workplace conditions the hepatotoxic effects of alcohol are more severe than those of DMF. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, DMF, Industrie textile, Fonction hépatique, Toxicité, Teneur air ambiant, Surveillance biologique, Facteur risque, Ethanol, Alcoolisme, Homme, Etude cohorte

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, N,N-Dimethylformamide, Textile industry, Liver function, Toxicity, Ambient air concentration, Biological monitoring, Risk factor, Ethanol, Alcoholism, Human, Cohort study

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0092256

    Code Inist : 002B03L06. Création : 31/05/1999.