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Apr 1, 2002

In the dental profession adjustment of dentures in the lab is commmon. Occassionally, a styrofoam wheel is used to polish the denture. The styrofoam wears down producing smaller particles of air born styrofoam. What is the risk of transmision via particles (large or small)of styrofoam carrying hcv infected blood contacting the eye. (Masks and glasses are routinely worn)

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Mucosal transmission of HCV is virtualy unheard of. There are no mucosal receptors for HCV and therefore it has to get into the blood stream to bind to receptors in the liver. Sounds like masks and glasses are a good idea and the risk is infintesimally small. DTD

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