About Bioline  All Journals  Testimonials  Membership  News

Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Medknow Publications
ISSN: 0973-2284
EISSN: 0973-2284
Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007, pp. 26-31
Bioline Code: oe07007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007, pp. 26-31

 en Respiratory effects due to occupational exposure to formaldehyde: Systematic review with meta-analysis
Mathur, Neeraj & Rastogi, SK


Subjects exposed to organic solvents frequently complain of respiratory symptoms. Epidemiological studies conducted in these exposed subjects with special reference to respiratory effects are very few and that too are on very small number of subjects. This paper critically reviews most of the epidemiological studies in formaldehyde induced respiratory effects and combines them through meta analysis to get global precise estimates of the respiratory risks. A computerized bibliographic search revealed 16 epidemiological studies out of which 12 studies were considered for meta analysis. The symptoms of upper respiratory tract were more prevalent as the combined odds of exposed was 5.04 compared to controls. The pooled odds ratio for acute lower respiratory symptoms ranged between 1.85 and 2.91. The mean fall of FVC, FEV1 and FEV1/FVC was only 3.4%, 3.6% and 0.6% respectively, which was not statistically or physiologically considered significant.

Formaldehyde, meta analysis, respiratory disorders

© Copyright 2007 Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Alternative site location:

Home Faq Resources Email Bioline
© Bioline International, 1989 - 2024, Site last up-dated on 01-Sep-2022.
Site created and maintained by the Reference Center on Environmental Information, CRIA, Brazil
System hosted by the Google Cloud Platform, GCP, Brazil