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Respiratory health in asbestos-exposed ironworkers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8732919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of respiratory morbidity among asbestos-exposed ironworkers and to determine the relationship between respiratory morbidity indices and length of exposure. A medical screening provided information on chest radiographic abnormalities, pulmonary function, rales, finger clubbing, and respiratory symptoms for 547 asbestos-exposed ironworkers. Union pension records furnished data on length of exposure. The study group exhibited on increased prevalence of small irregular opacities, pleural plaques, and pleural thickening on chest x-ray; reduced FEF 25-75; rales; and respiratory symptoms. After controlling for the effect of cigarette smoking and age, years since joining the ironworkers union were significantly associated with profusion, pleural thickening, pleural plaques, rales, percent predicted FVC, reduced FVC, reduced FEV1, reduced FEV1/FVC, and dyspnea grades I, II, III, and IV.
A Z Rocskay; M R Harbut; M A Green; D L Osher; E T Zellers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0271-3586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ind. Med.     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-01     Completed Date:  1996-10-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Southfield, Michigan, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Matched-Pair Analysis
Michigan / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*,  physiopathology
Occupational Exposure*
Respiratory Function Tests
Respiratory Tract Diseases / epidemiology*,  physiopathology
Time Factors
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