Subclinical neuropsychiatric effects of chronic low-level solvent exposure in us paint manufacturers

Karen I Bolla, Brian S Schwartz, Jacqueline Agnew, Patrick D. Ford, Margit L. Bleecker

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In the present study, 187 workers at two US paint manufacturing plants were assessed for symptoms of painters syndrome using the Zung Depression Index, Scandinavian Questionnaire 16, and the Present State Exam. No significant associations were found between solvent exposure and total scores, although a sum of individual questions related to depression on the Present State Exam was found to be related to both health status and exposure. The clinical relevance of these findings is discussed. Overall, exposure was not associated with the constellation of symptoms characteristic of the painters’ syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-677
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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