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The acid anhydrides are a group of reactive chemicals used widely in alkyd and epoxy resins. The major hazards to health are mucosal and skin irritation and sensitisation of the respiratory tract. Most occupational asthma caused by acid anhydrides appears to be immunologically mediated. Immunological mechanisms have been proposed to explain an influenza-like syndrome and pulmonary haemorrhage, but direct toxicity may also be important in the aetiology of these conditions.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Ind Med

Publication Date

04/1989

Volume

46

Pages

222 - 232

Keywords

Anhydrides, Animals, Asthma, Female, Humans, Male, Occupational Diseases, Respiratory Hypersensitivity