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Document ID (ISN)72630
CIS number 99-588
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosenman K.D., Reilly M.J.
Title Asbestos-related X-ray changes in foundry workers
Bibliographic information Aug. 1998, Vol.34, No.2, p.197-201. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract From 1985 to 1996, 115 cases reported to the Michigan State Surveillance System as silicosis, non-specified pneumoconiosis, or pulmonary fibrosis, were reclassified as having asbestos-related radiological changes after a B-reader interpretation of each case's chest X-rays. Among the 115 reclassified reports 57 had worked in foundries. Only 7 (14.8%) of these had their primary work in maintenance in the foundry; 40 (85.1%) had their primary foundry work in a production job; and for 10 individuals the occupation was not known. Clinicians caring for foundry workers need to be aware that asbestos-related radiological changes are not uncommon in this population and asbestos exposure should be considered as one of the carcinogens contributing to the known increased risk of lung cancer among foundry workers. Topics: asbestos; asbestosis; chest radiography; epidemiologic study; foundries; job-exposure relation; length of service; lung diseases; Michigan; opacities; pleural thickening; radiological changes; silicosis; USA.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; foundries; lung diseases
Descriptors (secondary) USA; pleural thickening; Michigan; asbestosis; silicosis; radiological changes; epidemiologic study; job-exposure relation; chest radiography; opacities; length of service
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations