Edgar Lukás

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OBJECTIVE More than 35 years ago, during 1965-1968, in the former Czechoslovakia, approximately 80 persons became ill due to occupational exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlordibenzo- p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD). The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence of disorders related to occupational exposure to 2,3,7,8-TCDD. METHODS Most subjects in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study color discrimination impairment in workers exposed to elemental mercury (Hg) vapor. SUBJECTS Twenty-four male workers from a chloralkali plant exposed to Hg vapor, aged 42+/-9.8 years, duration of exposure 14.7+/-9.7 years, were examined. The 8h TWA air-borne Hg concentration in workplace was 59 microg/m(3); mean Hg urinary excretion(More)
Presented herein are the results of follow-up examinations of 13 workers performed in 1996--30 yr following 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) intoxication in a herbicide production plant. In these workers, the current mean plasma level of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, measured by high-resolution gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry, was 256 pg/gm(More)
The environmental contaminant 2,3,7,8-tetrachlordibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) belongs to the category of highly toxic, persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in animal fat and plant tissues. Today, background TCDD levels in human fat are showing a decreasing trend. The food chain is the main source of exposure in the human population. TCDD regulates the(More)
OBJECTIVE A one-year follow-up was performed of a 21-year-old man with a 16-year history of diabetes mellitus type I, who had been using ointment containing 10% mercuric ammonium chloride (hydrargyrum amidochloratum; HgNH(2)Cl) for eczema for approximately 3 weeks. Tiredness, fasciculations on the extremities and poor control of diabetes appeared after the(More)
Between 1965 and 1968, about 350 workers were accidentally exposed to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in a chemical plant, which was producing herbicides based on the trichlorophenoxyacetic acid. About 80 workers developed signs of poisoning. The estimated mean concentration of TCDD at the time of exposure was about 5000 pg/g of plasma fat. Only(More)
The authors performed neurological, visual evoked potentials (VEP) and electroneurography (ENG) examinations on three groups of workers with occupational exposure to mercury vapors (Hg(0)), and on a control group. The exposure of dental professionals (n = 36) was mild, that of chloralkali plant workers (n = 36) was intermediate, and that of workers from(More)
During 1965 to 1968, 80 workers who had been engaged in the production of 2, 4, 5-sodium trichlorphenoxyacetate and butylester of trichlorphenoxyacetate acid became ill. The cause of the illness was 2, 4, 7, 8-tetrachlordibenzo-p-dioxin. A 10-yr study has been conducted for 55 exposed individuals. The majority of the patients developed chloracne, and 11(More)
The authors carried out neurological examination, visual evoked potentials (VEP) examination, and electromyography (EMG) on 77 workers, aged 21-61 yrs, who were exposed occupationally to Hgo vapors for 1-20 yrs (mean 9 yrs). The mean air-borne concentration of Hgo was 0.25 mg/m3 (range 0.02-1.00 mg m3), and the mean Hg urinary concentration was 0.21 mg/l(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of DMPS (sodium-2,3-dimercapto-1-propane sulfonate) (Dimaval) administration for mobilizing mercury from the body in occupationally exposed people and experimental animals. Two doses of DMPS were administered at a 24-h interval to: (a) groups of people occupationally exposed to merkury--workers of the(More)