Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-20815
Title: Phossy jaws : an old occupational disease - up to date?
Author(s): Müller, Marc
Böcher, Arne
Pletat, Andreas
Buchter, Axel
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2006
OPUS Source: 28th International Congress on Occupational Health : June 11-16, 2006. - Milan, 2006, S.265
SWD key words: Arbeitsmedizin
Free key words: phossy jaws
occupational disease
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Recently a few reports of osteonecrosis of the jaws associated with a bisphosphonate therapy were published. There seemed to be some clinical commonalities with the old occupational disease "phossy jaws';. We give an historical and medical overview of "phossy jaws';. Because of many industrial changes that old disease has become rare; in Germany there are no cases reported in the years 1998 until 2002 — according to the German Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften. Maybe the old knowledge about phossy jaws is able to clear up some secrets of the new drug-associated phenomenon. First observations of phossy jaws date back to the years 1839 and 1843, they are seen with workers in match stick factories. The causality between phosphorus and phossy jaws was re-cognized in 1845. Phossy jaws are a consequence of endothelium-damage by elemental phosphorus inhaled when working with it. Especially the jaws are exposed to a number of foreign substances, i.e. bacteria by tooth decay or other circumstances. Thus — decreased blood flow and bacteria lead to an Osteomyelitis, so called phossy jaws.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-9977
Date of registration: 14-Feb-2007
Faculty: M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: M - Arbeitsmedizin
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