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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 58-61

Immunoglobulin classes and liver function tests in Nigerian petrol attendants


Departments of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
O G Arinola
Departments of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.27300

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Prolonged exposure to petrol has been shown to be a significant health hazard, especially for skeletal, circulatory, immune and reproductive systems. The present study investigates liver functions (alanine amino transferase and aspartate amino transferase, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total bilirubin, total protein and albumin) and immune functions (IgG, IgA and IgM) in 29 male petrol attendants and compares them with corresponding values in 22 sex- and age-matched controls using spectrophotometry and single radial immuno-diffusion method respectively for determining the functions. All the liver function tests were similar in both petrol attendants and the controls except for significantly lower levels of ALP ( P =0.02). Also, the levels of IgG and IgA were similar in petrol attendants when compared with corresponding levels in controls, while the levels of IgM were significantly raised in petrol attendants when compared with corresponding levels in controls ( P =0.02). This study shows that parameters of liver functions are within normal range in Nigerian petrol attendants.






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