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Document ID (ISN)73387
CIS number 99-1200
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gordon S.B., Curran A.D., Fishwick D., Morice A.H., Howard P.
Title Respiratory symptoms among glass bottle workers - Cough and airways irritancy syndrome?
Bibliographic information Oct. 1998, Vol.48, No.7, p.455-459. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract In a study of a cohort of 69 glass bottle workers, symptoms, employment history and clinical investigations including radiology, spirometry and serial peak expiratory flow rate records were retrospectively analyzed from clinical records. The results showed a consistent syndrome of work-related eye, nose and throat irritation followed after a variable period by shortness of breath. The latent interval between starting work and first developing symptoms was typically 4 years. The interval preceding the development of dyspnoea was longer and much more variable. Spirometry was not markedly abnormal in the group, but 57% of workers had abnormal serial peak expiratory flow rate charts. Workers in this industry experience upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms consistent with irritant exposure. The long-term functional significance of these symptoms should be formally investigated. Topics: chest radiography; cohort study; eye irritation; glass industry; irritants; irritation; latency; maximal expiratory flow; one-second forced expiratory volume; pulmonary function; respiratory diseases; spirometry; symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) irritants; glass industry; pulmonary function; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) eye irritation; irritation; latency; symptoms; chest radiography; one-second forced expiratory volume; cohort study; spirometry; maximal expiratory flow
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)