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Chlorinated and Brominated Dioxins and Dibenzofurans in Human Tissue Following Exposure

Arnold Schecter, John J. Ryan, Yoshito Masuda, Paul Brandt-Rauf, John Constable, Hoang Dinh Cau, Le Cao Dai, Hoang Tri Quynh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong and Pham Hoang Phiet
Environmental Health Perspectives
Vol. 102, Supplement 1: Biostatistics in the Study of Toxicology (Jan., 1994), pp. 135-147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4640434
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Chlorinated and Brominated Dioxins and Dibenzofurans in Human Tissue Following Exposure
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Abstract

With substantial improvements in analytic techniques over the past decade, it has become possible to measure polychlorinated dioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs) in human tissue in a congener-specific fashion down to the low parts per trillion level. This paper reviews findings using these new techniques from a number of recent medical and environmental case studies. These studies include those of workers exposed to a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) transformer fire in the United States, German chemical workers exposed to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodicain (2,3,7,8-TCDD) while cleaning up after an explosion, workers at a municipal incinerator in New York City, a chemist exposed to brominated and chlorinated dioxins, U.S. veterans and also Vietnamese civilians exposed to Agent Orange contaminated with TCDD in Vietnam, and victims of the polychlorinated dibenzofuran and PCB contaminated rice oil (Yusho) incident in Japan.

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