Recently, it has been shown that exposure to welding fumes containing both zinc and copper leads to asymptomatic systemic inflammation in humans as shown by an increase of blood C-reactive protein. In the present study, it was investigated which metal is responsible for this effect.Methods:
Fifteen healthy male subjects were exposed under controlled conditions to welding fumes containing either zinc, or copper, or copper and zinc.Results:
For each exposure blood C-reactive protein increased.Conclusions:
Copper- and zinc-containing welding fumes are able to induce systemic inflammation.