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Document ID (ISN)102588
CIS number 03-1664
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) El-Zein M., Malo J.L., Infante-Rivard C., Gautrin D.
Title Prevalence and association of welding related systemic and respiratory symptoms
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.60, No.9, p.655-661. 28 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence among welders of coexisting symptoms indicative of metal fume fever (MFF) and respiratory symptoms suggestive of occupational asthma (OA). A questionnaire on respiratory symptoms, systemic symptoms and occupational history was administered by telephone to a sample of 351 welders from two cities in Quebec, Canada. The co-occurrence of possible MFF together with welding-related respiratory symptoms suggestive of OA was 5.8%, these two groups of symptoms being significantly associated. In conclusion, there is a strong association between welding-related MFF and welding-related respiratory symptoms suggestive of OA. As such, MFF could be viewed as a pre-marker of welding-related OA, a hypothesis that requires further investigation.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; welding and cutting; metal fume fever; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) Quebec; symptoms; frequency rates; welding fumes; questionnaire survey; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Welding and cutting
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)