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Chronic Rhinosinusitis Related to Occupational Exposure- the Telemark Population Study.

Journal article
Authors Ulrika Clarhed
Martin Svendsen
Linus Schiöler
Johny Kongerud
Kjell Torén
Johan Hellgren
Anne Kristin Fell
Published in Journal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume 60
Issue 7
Pages 656–660
ISSN 1536-5948
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Occupational and environmental medicine
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Pages 656–660
Language en
Subject categories Clinical Medicine


To investigate the association between occupational exposure and chronic rhinosinusitis.A random population from the region of Telemark, aged 16-50, answered a respiratory questionnaire including questions on chronic rhinosinusitis and exposure in the occupational environment.A total of 16,099/48,142 subjects responded. The prevalence of chronic rhinosinusitis was 9%. Exposure associated with chronic rhinosinusitis comprised paper dust (OR 1.3, 95% CI 1.1, 1.5), cleaning agents (OR 1.2, CI 1.0, 1.3), metal dust (OR 1.3, CI 1.1, 1.6), animals (OR 1.2, CI 1.0, 1.5), moisture/mould/mildew (OR 1.3, CI 1.1, 1.5) and physically strenuous work (OR 1.4, CI 1.2, 1.7).Occupational exposure to paper dust, cleaning agents, metal dust, animals, moisture/mould/mildew and physically strenuous work was independently related to having chronic rhinosinusitis. An occupational history should be reviewed when assessing patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

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