Recent Scientific studies suggest that industrial exposure
to fumes created during welding may lead to the development
of Parkinson's disease and/ or a similar disease called
Maganism Poisoning. During the welding process the melting
metal creates a fume. The fume contains the elements
of the metal being welded. In most welding operations,
the fume contains the element manganese which is highly
The toxins contained in the welding fume, especially
cause a wide spectrum of what are called extra pyramidal
movement disorders. Among these disorders are: Parkinsonism,
Parkinson's Disease, manganese induced Parkinsonism,
manganese poisoning, and manganism. All of these disorders
are diseases of a part of the human brain cell called
the basal ganglia.
These conditions are not fatal but instead, slowly
degenerative disorders of the central nervous system.
Symptoms include tremor, rigidity, masked face, drooling,
abnormal or shuffling gait, lack of arm swinging and
loss of balance. Those affected slowly lose the ability
to control their body movement and speech, and eventually
rely completely on the help of others to perform basic
activities such as eating, dressing, bathing, and walking.
Those who have worked or currently work as welders
or worked in environments where there are welding fumes
could be at risk of developing these disorders.
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