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Document ID (ISN)110045
CIS number 09-1053
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Moshammer H., Neuberger M.
Title Lung function predicts survival in a cohort of asbestos cement workers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.82, No.2, p.199-207. 29 ref.
Abstract To study the predictive power of respiratory screening examinations, a cohort of 309 asbestos workers of an asbestos cement plant was followed until death or the end of 2006. A decrease in lung function was found to predict the risk of premature death better than exposure history and regular spirometry should therefore be offered as primary screening to all former asbestos workers. Among workers with a history of high cumulative exposure, rapid lung function decrease or radiological signs (diffuse pleural thickening or small irregular opacities), more sensitive techniques (high resolution computer tomography) need to be applied. All smokers with a history of asbestos exposure should be given free smoking cessation therapy to prevent premature death, from lung cancer in particular.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; mortality; asbestos cement industry; pulmonary function; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) pleural thickening; smoking; radiological diagnosis; reliability; exposure evaluation; opacities; spirometry; statistical evaluation; prediction; medical examinations; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustria
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Cement and concrete