The prevalence of atopy and hypersensitivity to latex in medical laboratory technologists.
Members of the Alberta Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists were invited to take part in a study of sensitivity to latex gloves.
A total of 230 persons volunteered; 108 (47%) had no problems with gloves, and 122 (53%) reacted to latex gloves.
A history was obtained regarding atopy, smoking, years in laboratory medicine, and the nature of the problem with latex gloves.
Serum was assayed for the total IgE level and the presence of IgE with specificity to common inhalant allergens and to latex.
The affected group had an increased population of subjects with an atopic history and a higher incidence of a raised IgE level and a positive screen for inhalant allergens.
In the affected group, there was no relationship between the total IgE level and severity of skin reaction.
Mots-clés Pascal : Allergie, Latex, Gant, Personnel laboratoire, IgE, Exploration immunologique, Homme, Peau, Atopie, Immunopathologie, Peau pathologie, Médecine travail
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Allergy, Latex, Glove, Laboratory staff, IgE, Immunological investigation, Human, Skin, Atopy, Immunopathology, Skin disease, Occupational medicine
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Cote : 94-0457375
Code Inist : 002B06C04. Création : 199406.