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Published: 2014-07-24

Toxic Effects of Chronic Mercury Exposure on the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer and Macular and Choroidal Thickness in Industrial Mercury Battery Workers

Metin Ekinci, Erdinç Ceylan, Sadullah Keleş, Halil Hüseyin Çağatay, Aytekin Apil, Burak Tanyıldız, Gunay Uludag

(Department of Ophthalmology, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey)

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1284-1290

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890756


Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxic effects of mercury on retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT), macular thickness (MT), and choroidal thickness (CT) by using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in battery industry workers who had been chronically exposed to mercury.
Material and Methods: Battery factory workers (n=31) and healthy non-factory employee controls (n=15) participated in the study. Participants were divided into 3 groups: Group 1 (n=15) was factory workers who had worked for more than 5 years in a mercury battery factory; Group 2 (n=16) was factory worker who had worked for less than 5 years in a mercury battery factory; and Group 3 (n=15) was healthy non-employees. Systemic symptoms were recorded. Ophthalmic...

Keywords: Mercury Poisoning, Nervous System, Retinal Ganglion Cells, Tomography, Optical Coherence




Published: 2014-07-23

Serum Vitamin D is Low and Inversely Associated with LDL Cholesterol in the Kazak Ethnic Population: A Cr...


Ming Chen Zhang, Hai Xia Li, Hai Ming Liu, Hong Lei, Lu Han, Ming Gao, Jiang Feng Mao, Xin Juan Xu

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1274-1283

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890930

Published: 2014-07-22

Effects of Sertraline on Executive Function and Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced Cancer


Xu-Juan Li, Zhi-Yuan Dai, Bei-Ying Zhu, Jia-Ping Zhen, Wen-Fu Yang, De-Qiang Li

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1267-1273

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890575