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Maternal occupational exposures and risk of spontaneous abortion in veterinary practice
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  • Published on:
    Response to Chris J Kalman

    June 8th 2009

    We are writing to respond to Dr.Kalman in regard to our article entitled “Maternal Occupational Exposure and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in Veterinary Practice”.

    Regarding the risk relating to radiation, we presented data separately for those with 1-4 x-rays a week in Table 2. Readers are able to use these analyses rather than those in Table 3 if they prefer. The results for exposure...

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    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.
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    Response to authors
    • Chris J Kalman, Director, Consultant Occupational Physician and Director of Occupational Health and Safety Services
    • Other Contributors:
      • A Shirangi, L Fritschi, and CDJ Holman

    Dear Sir

    I am grateful for the speedy response from Dr Shirangi and her colleagues to my original letter. I regret the delay in my further response.

    Importantly, the authors justify the combination of the ‘no exposure’ and ‘one to 5 films per week’ categories (ie the elimination of an exposure category) on the identification that the crude relative risk data did not indicate any adverse outcome for t...

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    None declared.
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    Response to Chris J Kalman
    • Adeleh Shirangi, Occupational Epidemiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Lin Fritschi and C D'Arcy J Holman

    We are writing to respond to Dr.Kalman in regard to our recent article entitled Maternal Occupational Exposure and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in Veterinary Practice.

    Dr. Kalman believes that he has picked up an anomaly in the presentation of data on radiation. We would like to reassure readers of the journal that there is no anomaly in the presentation of data and all presented results including radiation...

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    None declared.
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    Maternal Occupational Exposure and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in Veterinary Practice
    • Chris J Kalman, Consultant Occupational Health Physician
    • Other Contributors:
      • A Shirangi, L Fritschi, and C D J Holman

    Shirangi and her colleagues set out to examine the relationship between occupational exposures and spontaneous abortion in female veterinarians. One exposure examined, is in relation to the use of x- rays, where the authors report in the abstract that veterinarians who reported performing more than 5 radiographic examinations per week had a statistically significant elevated risk of spontaneous abortion compared with th...

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