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Volume 6, Issue 17 (Summer 2012)                   IJT 2012, 6(17): 668-671 | Back to browse issues page

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Yazdi Z, Sadeghniiat-Haghighi K, Aminian O. Hemolytic Anemia as an Outcome of Occupational Exposure to Formalin: A Case Report. IJT. 2012; 6 (17) :668-671
URL: http://ijt.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-135-en.html
1- Department of Occupational Medicine, Qazvin University, Qazvin, Iran. , zohrehyazdi@yahoo.com
2- Department of Occupational Medicine, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.
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ABSTRACT Background: Occupational exposure studies indicate that formaldehyde exposure causes temporary and consistent effects on industrial workers exposed to formalin. Case: The case was a 36-year-old man who had developed intravascular hemolytic anemia caused by formalin after inhalation exposure. Formalin is a clear solution of 37% formaldehyde in water. The primary route of exposure to formaldehyde is inhalation. The case was presented with severe Coomb's negative hemolytic anemia with hemoglobinuria and was treated successfully with therapeutic red cell transfusion and exposure removal. Conclusion: All employers must provide a safe and healthy workplace for prevention of harmful effects of formalin. Elimination of formalin from workplace, implementation of local and general ventilation, and using proper protective equipments are the most effective methods in the workplace.
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