Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts

Lai Chu See, Jiahn Shing Lee, Yu Mei Hsueh, Ming Chang Tu, Chien Jen Chen

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Abstract

An eye examination was added in the 1996 followup of the blackfoot-disease-endemic cohort of southwestern Taiwan to study whether long-term exposure to inorganic arsenic has any effect on various types of cataracts. The Lens Opacities System III was used to classify different types of cataracts. Cumulative arsenic exposure was derived from the history of consuming artesian well water from the 1988 baseline interview, and the arsenic level of the well water from two government surveys. A total of 349 participants were involved in the study. Posterior subcapsular (PSC) opacities were seen in 22% of the study subjects, higher than in most previous reports. Cumulative arsenic exposure had a dose–response relationship with prevalence of PSC (p = 0.014), after adjustment for age, sex, DM status and sunlight exposure. A large study is needed to confirm the present finding, or an animal study will be helpful in elucidating the mechanism of inorganic arsenic effect on cataracts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages161-178
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789814291828
ISBN (Print)9814291811, 9789814291811
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011

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Arsenic
Cataract
arsenic
well water
Water Wells
artesian well
Endemic Diseases
Water
Sunlight
dose-response relationship
Taiwan
History
Interviews
exposure
animal
history
effect

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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See, L. C., Lee, J. S., Hsueh, Y. M., Tu, M. C., & Chen, C. J. (2011). Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts. In Health Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic (pp. 161-178). World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814291828_0010

Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts. / See, Lai Chu; Lee, Jiahn Shing; Hsueh, Yu Mei; Tu, Ming Chang; Chen, Chien Jen.

Health Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic. World Scientific Publishing Co., 2011. p. 161-178.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

See, LC, Lee, JS, Hsueh, YM, Tu, MC & Chen, CJ 2011, Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts. in Health Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic. World Scientific Publishing Co., pp. 161-178. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814291828_0010
See LC, Lee JS, Hsueh YM, Tu MC, Chen CJ. Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts. In Health Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic. World Scientific Publishing Co. 2011. p. 161-178 https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814291828_0010
See, Lai Chu ; Lee, Jiahn Shing ; Hsueh, Yu Mei ; Tu, Ming Chang ; Chen, Chien Jen. / Association between ingested arsenic and cataracts. Health Hazards of Arsenic Poisoning Environmental: From Epidemic to Pandemic. World Scientific Publishing Co., 2011. pp. 161-178
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