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Document ID (ISN)108213
CIS number 08-587
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dawkins P., Robertson A., Robertson W., Moore V., Reynolds J., Langman G., Robinson E., Harris-Roberts J., Crook B., Burge S.
Title An outbreak of extrinsic alveolitis in a car engine plant
Bibliographic information Dec. 2006, Vol.56, No.8, p.559-565. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Twelve workers from a car engine-manufacturing plant in the United Kingdom presented with extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA) diagnosed on the basis of clinical, radiological and pathological findings. They were exposed to metalworking fluids (MWF) that cooled, lubricated and cleaned the machine tools. Data were collected on their occupational history, and they were subjected to medical examinations, spirometry, radiology, bronchoscopic lavage, lung biopsy and serology. Sera were tested for precipitins to used MWF and to reference cultures of bacteria suspected to be implicated. All were males and none were current smokers. All had dyspnoea, many had weight loss and cough, but only half had influenza-like symptoms and auscultator crackles. There was an overall loss of lung function and lung volumes. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) extrinsic allergic alveolitis; motor vehicle industry; diagnosis
Descriptors (secondary) machine tools; lung biopsy; United Kingdom; case study; bacteria; pathology; radiological diagnosis; symptoms; dyspnoea; cutting fluids; pulmonary function; respiratory volume; spirometry; determination in blood; medical examinations; male workers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry