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Document ID (ISN)109914
CIS number 09-801
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de la Hoz R.E., Christie J., Teamer J.A., Bienenfeld L.A., Afilaka A.A., Crane M., Levin S.M., Herbert R.
Title Reflux symptoms and disorders and pulmonary disease in former World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers and volunteers
Bibliographic information Dec. 2008, Vol.50, No.12, p.1351-1354. 23 ref.
Abstract Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is one of the most prevalent conditions among former World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery workers. In this study, 42 former WTC workers underwent medical examinations and were classified into two groups based on clinical evaluation: reflux patients and no-reflux patients. The two groups had significantly different Johnson-DeMeester scores and oesophageal acid exposure times. Patients with reflux disorders were more likely to have reduced forced vital capacity and to have been diagnosed with a lower airway disease. No significant association was found between reflux and psychiatric disorders, levels of exposure at the WTC site, or incidence of dry cough, or other upper airway disorders. Findings suggest that the presence of reflux disease is related to that of pulmonary function abnormality, suggestive of air trapping.
Descriptors (primary) first-aid and rescue organization; New York; migrant workers; pulmonary function; gastric disorders
Descriptors (secondary) USA; medical examinations; respiratory diseases; maximal expiratory flow
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization