Impairment of nasal mucociliary clearance time in wood industry workers

  • Gül Soylu ÖzlerEmail author
  • Ertap Akoğlu



The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of wood dust on nasal mucociliary clearance time in wood industry workers. Moreover, the correlation between duration of exposure to wood dust and nasal mucociliary clearance time will be evaluated.


A total of 50 male subjects were included in the study. All of the subjects were non-smokers. Nasal mucociliary clearance time of 25 wood industry workers was measured with saccharine method and compared with the results of 25 age-matched control group. Also, the correlation between nasal mucociliary clearance time and duration of exposure to wood dust in woodworkers was evaluated.


The mean mucociliary clearance time in control group and wood industry workers was 12.28 ± 1.98 and 16.72 ± 2.71, respectively. The mean mucociliary clearance time in wood industry workers was significantly longer than control group (p < 0.0001). Also,there was positive correlation between duration of exposure to wood dust and nasal mucociliary clearance time in wood industry workers (r = 0.879, p < 0.0001).


The clinicians must remember that mucociliary clearance time in wood industry workers is prolonged. So the wood industry workers must be followed up more closely for sinonasal infections and respiratory tract diseases.


Wood industry workers Nasal mucociliary clearance time Wood dust Sinonasal infection Nasal cancer 



This study was funded by the authors.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee (include name of committee + reference number) and in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHatay Mustafa Kemal UniversityHatayTurkey

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