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Document ID (ISN)43967
CIS number 85-776
ISSN - Serial title 0391-2825 - Rivista di medicina del lavoro ed igiene industriale
Year 1984
Convention or series no.
Author(s) MÓgliaro A., Iannaccone S., MÓgliaro N.
Title Cardiac and respiratory pathology of occupational origin in sulfur workers
Original title La patologia cardiaca e respiratoria di origine professionale nei lavoratori dello zolfo [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Apr.-June 1984, Vol.8, No.2, p.109-117. 8 ref.
Abstract Spirometric tests and electrocardiograms were performed on 200 present and past employees of a sulfur mine (length of employment: 5-30 years). Significant reductions in vital capacity (average 30%), in FEV1 (25-30%), increases in relative residual volume (29% in miners 39-45 years old, 57% in miners over 66 years old) and in residual volume/total lung capacity relation (by 36-43%, depending on age) were found. Significant changes in heart function occurred in 20% of the subjects (disturbances of atrial-ventricular conduction and of conduction in blood vessels on the right side of the body). Hypotheses for the aetiology of these changes are given.
Descriptors (primary) circulatory disorders; respiratory impairment; sulfur; sulfur mining
Descriptors (secondary) heart; spirometry; respiratory function tests; electrocardiographic changes
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Mining and quarrying
Inorganic substances