|Document ID (ISN)||77663|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
|Convention or series no.
||Tabka F., Mrizek N., Tabka Z., Choudat D., Conso F.
||Respiratory diseases related to cereal dust exposure - Study in the region of Sousse, Tunisia
||Pathologie respiratoire liée à la poussière de céréales - Etude dans la région de Sousse (Tunisie) [in French]|
||May 1999, Vol.60, No.2, p.101-106. Illus. 17 ref.
||Dusty environment in cereal and grain processing is known to induce non specific respiratory diseases, cutaneous and oculo-nasal irritation and/or allergy. A cross-sectional study was performed in Tunisia among grain workers to determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and lung function impairment. 70 exposed workers to 70 non-exposed subjects matched for age, sex and smoking habits were compared. The prevalence of chronic bronchitis and obstructive impairment was significantly higher in the exposed group (34.3% vs 14.3%, and 47% vs 15%, respectively). Symptoms of bronchial hyperreactivity was found in 30% of the exposed workers. Smoking was a risk factor for chronic bronchitis and lung function impairment in exposed and non-exposed subjects. The study highlights the usefulness of lung function monitoring in the prevention and detection of the effect of dust on the respiratory tract.
||bronchitis; grain elevators; grain dust
||obstructive ventilatory impairment; Tunisia; smoking; allergic rhinitis; hypersensitivity; respiratory function tests; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; cross-sectional study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||France; Tunisia|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)