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Multiple chemical sensitivities: idiopathic environmental intolerance.

Authors
McLellan RK; Becker CE; Borak JB; Coplein C; Ducatman AM; Favata EA; Green JF; Herzstein J; Jolly AT; Kalnas J; Kulig K; Kipen HM; Logan DC; Mitchell FL; McKinnon HW; Roberts MA; Russi M; Sawyer HJ; Sepulveda MJ; Upfal MJ; Zepeda MC
Source
J Occup Environ Med 1999 Nov; 41(11):940-942
NIOSHTIC No.
20029639
Abstract
Since the publication of earlier position statements by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the diagnosis, treatment and etiologic assessment of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) has remained a troublesome medical and social concern for individuals, physicians, government, and organizations. First described in 1952, the syndrome has engendered over 20 names, including "environmental illness, total allergy syndrome, 20th century disease, and chemical AIDS." These terms refer to complaints of patients who report recurrent nonspecific symptoms referable to multiple organ systems that the sufferers believe are provoked by exposure to low levels of chemical, biologic, or physical agents. No consistent physical findings or laboratory abnormalities have yet been found to differentiate MCS patients from the remainder of the population.
Keywords
Chemical-analysis; Biological-agents; Etiology; Environmental-health; Environmental-exposure; Health-hazards; Diseases; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-exposure
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
19991101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2000
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-CCT-310455
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Morgantown, West Virginia
Page last reviewed: September 4, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division