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Document ID (ISN)109364
CIS number 09-308
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) González Domínguez M.E., Rueda Ygueravide M.D., Gutiérrez Fernández D., Gómez Gutiérrez J.M., León Jiménez A., Pérez Álvarez J.
Title Exposure to airborne pollutants and respiratory pathology
Original title Exposición a contaminantes ambientales y patología respiratoria [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 4th quarter 2008, Vol.54, No.213, p.41-46. 12 ref.
Internet access http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/mesetra/v54n213/original3.pdf [in Spanish]
Abstract This investigation was carried out following an outbreak of five cases of respiratory symptoms among workers of an aerospace industry in Spain exposed to various chemicals. Measurements included airborne aluminium dust, trichloroethylene and ethylene glycol. Workers were subjected to skin tests, blood tests, chest radiography, spirometry, metacholine challenge tests and electrocardiography. The peak-flow measurement and the direct bronchial hyperactivity test using metacholine were negative. The allergic tests performed were also generally negative. These findings practically exclude work-related asthma. These cases may have been caused by a reactive airways dysfunction syndrome having occurred at a specific moment before the investigation was carried out. Further implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; symptoms; risk factors; aircraft industry; atmospheric pollution; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; case study; trichloroethylene; ethylene glycol; aluminium; chest radiography; allergy tests; skin tests; spirometry; determination in blood; electrocardiography; maximal expiratory flow
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Aerospace manufacturing and maintenance industry
Environmental pollution
Air pollution