Evaluation of the potential risk of occupational asthma in dentists exposed to contaminated dental unit waterlines.

@article{Pankhurst2005EvaluationOT,
  title={Evaluation of the potential risk of occupational asthma in dentists exposed to contaminated dental unit waterlines.},
  author={Caroline L. Pankhurst and Wilson A. Coulter and John N Philpott-Howard and Susanne Surman-Lee and Fiona Warburton and Stephen J Challacombe},
  journal={Primary dental care : journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={53-9}
}
INTRODUCTION Most of the organisms isolated from dental unit waterlines (DUWL) are Gram-negative bacteria, which contain cell wall endotoxin. A consequence of endotoxin exposure is the exacerbation of asthma. OBJECTIVES This study examined the prevalence and onset of asthma among dentists and determined whether or not these were associated with the microbiological quality of DUWL in their practices. METHODS 266 randomly selected dentists (100 from rural Northern Ireland, 166 from London… CONTINUE READING