Association of Chronic Pesticide Exposure with Serum Cholinesterase Levels and Pulmonary Functions


SUTOLUK Z., KEKEÇ Z. , DAĞLIOĞLU N. , HANT I.

ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, cilt.66, ss.95-99, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 66 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/19338244.2010.506496
  • Dergi Adı: ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.95-99

Özet

The present study focused on the analysis of serum cholinesterase levels and the pulmonary function tests in seasonal farm workers who were chronically exposed to pesticides, mostly organophosphorus, in comparison with non-farm workers in the farming areas of Cukurova region, Turkey. Serum cholinesterase levels and pulmonary function tests using spyrometer in 50 male seasonal farm workers (study group) were compared to 50 male non-farm workers (control group) in this cross-sectional study. The mean serum cholinesterase enzyme level in the farm worker group (7095.5 +/- 1699.4 U/L) was significantly lower than those of the control group (9716.4 +/- 1484.4 U/L) (p < .001). There was no significant difference between pulmonary function tests of 2 groups (p > .05). These results show that chronic environmental organophosphorus exposure caused a decrease in the serum cholinesterase enzyme levels in farm workers, emphasizing the importance of primary prevention.