|Document ID (ISN)||102513|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Koksal N., Hasanoglu H.C., Gokirmak M., Yildirim Z., Gultek A.
||Apricot sulfurization: An occupation that induces an asthma-like syndrome in agricultural environments
||Apr. 2003, Vol.43, No.4, p.447-453. 39 ref.
||03-1761.pdf [in English]
||The aim of this study was to reveal the effects of sulfur dioxide (SO2) exposure on the airways of the workers involved in apricot sulfurization. SO2 levels in air were measured on 15 apricot farms, while the symptom scores of 69 workers were recorded before, during and after SO2 exposure. Physical examination and pulmonary function tests of the workers were also done prior to and after exposure periods. The measured SO2 concentrations ranged between 106.6 and 721.0ppm. Dyspnoea (80%), cough (78%) and eye and nose irritation (83-70%) were the most commonly observed symptoms. The workers had significant decreases in pulmonary functions after SO2 exposure. Decrements in FEV1, FEV1/FVC%, and FEF25-75% showed that the acute effect of SO2 on pulmonary functions of the workers was mostly of the obstructive kind. It is concluded that acute exposure to SO2 induces "asthma-like syndrome" in apricot sulfurization workers.
||respiratory diseases; sulfur dioxide; agriculture; fruit processing and storing
||irritants; obstructive ventilatory impairment; Turkey; symptoms; dyspnoea; respiratory function tests; asthma; one-second forced expiratory volume; exposure evaluation; cross-sectional study; maximal expiratory flow
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Turkey|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Inorganic sulfur compounds