Journal of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 272--275

Is cashew nut shell liquid a causative factor for oral submucous fibrosis?. A study among cashew nut industrial workers


Vijayakumar Anu1, Parangimalai Diwakar Madan Kumar2, MahadevaShastry Shivakumar3 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sathyabama Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Namakkal, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vijayakumar Anu
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sathyabama University Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India

Background: Cashew nut shell liquid contains 90% anacardic acid and 10% cardol. This liquid when comes in contact topically is said to have deleterious effects both orally and systemically. Aim: The present cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the prevalence of oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) among 600 cashew nut industrial workers in Kanyakumari district. Materials and Methods: Demographic data and tobacco habits were assessed using pretested questionnaire. Ranganathan K clinical grading system was used to examine OSMF. The data were assessed using SPSS version 11.5. Results: The overall prevalence of OSMF among the study population was 0.002%. Conclusion: The observation from this study clearly indicates that safe working environment prevents occupational hazards.


How to cite this article:
Anu V, Kumar PD, Shivakumar M. Is cashew nut shell liquid a causative factor for oral submucous fibrosis?. A study among cashew nut industrial workers.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2018;7:272-275


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Anu V, Kumar PD, Shivakumar M. Is cashew nut shell liquid a causative factor for oral submucous fibrosis?. A study among cashew nut industrial workers. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jun 24 ];7:272-275
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