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Document ID (ISN)111906
CIS number 11-0512
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fishwick D., Barraclough R., Pickering T., Fletcher A., Lewis R., Niven R., Warburton C.J.
Title Comparison of various airflow measurements in symptomatic textile workers
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.60, p.631-634. 17 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between work-related respiratory symptoms, airway reactivity, across-shift change in forced expiratory volume in 1s (FEV1) and work-related changes in serial peak expiratory flow (sPEF) measures in a group of textile workers. Fifty-three workers, 34 exposed to cotton dust and 19 to man-made fibres (MMFs), were investigated using a standard respiratory questionnaire, sPEF, across-shift FEV1) measurement and airway responsiveness. Nine workers (17%) had a >5% across-shift fall in FEV1 and these falls were associated with the presence of work-related symptoms. Seven workers had a positive sPEF chart as judged by the software analysis (OASYS), although there was no relationship between work-related symptoms and sPEF. Six cotton workers (18%) and one MMF worker (5%) had airway hyperreactivity, which was associated strongly with work-related symptoms. Five of the seven subjects with a positive sPEF had airway hyperreactivity compared with 12 of 46 with a negative sPEF. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; respiratory diseases; spirometry; textile industry
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; extrinsic allergic alveolitis; one-second forced expiratory volume; maximal expiratory flow; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Textile and clothing industries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Textile industry