Systemic sclerosis in an anaesthetist

Nicola Magnavita, R. R. Di Prinzio, P. M. Soave

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Introduction. Systemic sclerosis is a potentially devastating disease in which the aetiology and pathogenesis has not yet been fully understood. It has been associated with occupational exposure to silica, vinyl chloride, solvents and other chemical agents. Case summary. In this paper, we present the case of an anaesthetist who developed scleroderma after an occupational exposure to volatile anaesthetic gases (halothane, sevoflurane, isoflurane and enflurane) in operating theatres with poor scavenging systems and we discuss the possible causal link between occupational exposure and the disease. Conclusions. The case reported is the second that we are aware of in recent years. Reporting scleroderma cases in workers may be the first step in assessing the causal link between occupational exposure to anaesthetic gases and the disease.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaOccupational Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Anaesthetics
  • occupational exposure
  • operating theatre
  • organic solvents
  • systemic sclerosis


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