Cytogenetic Findings in Styrene Workers in Relation to Exposure
Styrene is a volatile fluid which is increasingly used in the production of polyester resins due to its capacity to polymerize. Since styrene and especially styrene oxide, one of the styrene metabolites in humans, have resulted to be mutagenic and clastogenic in several short term tests, a possible carcinogenic effect of this solvent has been suggested (1,2). In the last decade, several cytogenetic studies have been performed in groups of workers exposed to styrene in different industrial settings with conflicting results (see reviews in 1,3).
KeywordsChromosome Aberration Cumulative Exposure Polyester Resin Mandelic Acid Styrene Oxide
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