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Symptoms and health status in individuals with multiple chemical sensitivities syndrome from four reported sensitizing exposures and a general population comparison group.

Authors
Davidoff-AL; Keyl-PM
Source
Arch Environ Health 1996 May; 51(3):201-213
NIOSHTIC No.
00233272
Abstract
A study was conducted comparing health characteristics among groups of persons suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) with differing sensitizing exposures and the general population. Subjects with MCS originating from exposure to industrial organic solvents, organophosphate pesticides, or chlorine-dioxide (10049044), or from sick building syndrome and 60 members of the general population were surveyed. Significantly more MCS subjects reported their current health as being "fair" or "poor", that their health status had changed, that they had been disabled, that their social lives were limited, that they were sick for more than 32 hours during the previous week, and that they experienced more than nine symptoms at least weekly during the last 2 months compared with referents. In addition, these patients reported an increased percentage of specific symptoms of each body system surveyed. MCS subjects also reported significantly more altered tolerances to odors, allergens, foods, alcohols, and medicines compared with the general population. MCS subjects were significantly more likely to attribute illness to chemical exposures on a daily basis and to have evidence of longstanding somatic complaints or complaints of sickliness in childhood. MCS syndrome was associated with elevated negative affect scores which correlated significantly with the presence of illness. Few, if any, significant differences were identified between the four groups of MCS subjects.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Training; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Organic-solvents; Organo-phosphorus-pesticides; Dioxides; Closed-building-syndrome; Clinical-symptoms; Occupational-exposure
Contact
Environmental Health Sciences Johns Hopkins University 615 N Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 21205
CODEN
AEHLAU
CAS No.
10049-04-4
Publication Date
19960501
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1908835.00
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-07090
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0003-9896
Source Name
Archives of Environmental Health
State
MD
Performing Organization
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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