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November 5, 1973

Meat-Wrapper's AsthmaA New Syndrome?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine (Drs. Sokol, Aelony, and Beall), Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif; and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Dr. Beall). Dr. Sokol is a Fellow in Allergy and Immunology and Dr. Aelony is a Fellow in Respiratory Disease at Harbor General Hospital.

JAMA. 1973;226(6):639-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230060017005

Three patients employed as meat wrappers developed respiratory symptoms when exposed to the fumes of a polyvinyl chloride film cut with a hot wire. The patients were middle-aged women who smoked cigarettes and demonstrated reversible airway obstruction on pulmonary function testing. The cause of their symptoms is not known, but some ingredient of the polyvinyl chloride film is suspected.