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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-25

A preliminary cytogenetic and hematological study of photocopying machine operators


Department of Biosciences, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, India

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P K Gadhia
Department of Biosciences, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.16037

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The incidences of chromosomal aberrations(CAs) as well as sister chromatid exchange frequencies (SCEs) was evaluated from 12 photocopying machine operators working on an average 8-9 hours per day for more than five years. A complete blood picture of each individual was assessed with an automatic particle cell counter. Additionally, blood pressure was measured at the time of blood collection from all photocopying machine operators. For comparison, the control group included another 12 individuals matched according to age, sex, socioeconomic conditions as well as other personal habits. The observations of the present study are indicators of health hazard for, although small, there was a significant increase in the percentage of aberrant cells (P<0.05), total aberrations (P<0.01) as well as total aberrations excluding chromatid gaps (P<0.01) among photocopying machine operators when compared to controls. However, results on SCE analysis of photocopying operators revealed no significant difference from the controls. At the same time all photocopying operators exhibited normal hematological parameters as well as blood pressure values.






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