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Case report of renal cell carcinoma in automobile manufacturing factory worker due to trichloroethylene exposure in Korea

Title
Case report of renal cell carcinoma in automobile manufacturing factory worker due to trichloroethylene exposure in Korea
Author
김인아
Keywords
Trichloroethylene; Occupational disease; Carcinoma; Renal cell; Automobiles; Korea
Issue Date
2015-08
Publisher
대한직업환경의학회
Citation
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, v. 27, Article no. 19, Page. 1-5
Abstract
Background: The aim of this paper was report first case of renal cell carcinoma developed in a worker who worked in an automobile manufacture line which handles trichloroethylene in Korea. Case presentation: To clarify the relationship between the onset of renal cell carcinoma in 52-years old male worker and the exposure to trichloroethylene, document studies and work environment measurement were done. Past work environment exposure data were reviewed and medical history and surgery records of the worker were also reviewed. The patient had no personal risk factor related to renal cell carcinoma except for his smoking habit of quarter a pack per day for twenty years, and since trichloroethylene was not part of measurement criteria, past work environment risk assessment data could not verify the exposure. The exposure level is deduced by analyzing material exposure level of work environments which has similar processes in data from revised research of chemical exposure standard and work environment validity assessment. Evaluation Committee of Epidemiologic Survey decided that there are relevant relationship between the exposure and the disease, though we do not have exact data during that period, most experts agree that in every factories they used trichloroethylene without any direction. Conclusions: From the relevant medical history and the results of the usage of trichloroethylene in the relevant industries, and initial discovery of renal cell carcinoma at health inspection sonogram in 2001, it can be concluded that suggests significant causal relationship between the exposure to trichloroethylene and renal cell carcinoma onset, thus reporting it to be the first domestic case declared to be occupational disease.
URI
https://aoemj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40557-015-0068-xhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/26975
ISSN
2052-4374
DOI
10.1186/s40557-015-0068-x
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