|Document ID (ISN)||108214|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Akgun M., Mirici A., Ucar E.Y., Kantarci M., Araz O., Gorguner M.
||Silicosis in Turkish denim sandblasters
||Dec. 2006, Vol.56, No.8, p.554-558. Illus. 7 ref.
||Between August 2004 and March 2006, 16 young men with a history of working in small workplaces producing sandblasted denim were admitted to the respiratory diseases department of a Turkish hospital. Of these, 14 presented with respiratory symptoms. In the first two cases, open-lung biopsy was required to confirm the diagnosis of silicosis. Later cases were diagnosed through a combination of their work history and the clinical and radiological findings. The mean age at presentation was 23 years with mean duration of employment as a sandblaster being three years. The first two cases died and the remainder, except two, are still receiving treatment. The production of sandblasted denim fabric in small uncontrolled workplaces may entail significant exposure to silica dust and the development of rapidly fatal silicosis. Urgent action is required to prevent further cases.
||airborne dust; small enterprises; Turkey; sandblasting; young persons; clothing industry; silicosis
||informal sector; male workers; case study; silica; radiological diagnosis; lung biopsy; limitation of exposure; hospitals; medical examinations; medical treatment; diagnosis
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Turkey|
||Textile and clothing industries
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Clothing and finished textile products industry
Small and medium-sized enterprises