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Document ID (ISN)103397
CIS number 04-340
ISBN(s) 951-802-583-5
Year 2004
Convention or series no. People and Work Research Reports 66
Author(s) Zitting A
Title Radiographic small lung opacities and pleural abnormalities in relation to occupational asbestos exposure, smoking history and living environment in Finland
Bibliographic information Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, FIOH-Bookstore, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland, 2004. 61p. Illus. Bibl.ref. Price: EUR 18.00.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of radiographic abnormalities of the lungs and pleura according to the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses in the adult Finnish population, to estimate the association of past asbestos exposure, smoking history and living environment with theses abnormalities, and to analyse the intra- and inter-observer variation in the main radiographic findings. Results indicate that occupational asbestos exposure plays an important role in the aetiology of radiographic pleural and pulmonary abnormalities, and that small lung opacities produced by asbestos do not differ in size or shape from those caused by smoking. Classification of small lung opacities was subject to observer variation.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; smoking; opacities; chest radiography; pleural diseases
Descriptors (secondary) ILO; questionnaire survey; radiological classifications; frequency rates; radiographic interpretation; age-linked differences
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)