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Document ID (ISN)77663
CIS number 01-1688
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tabka F., Mrizek N., Tabka Z., Choudat D., Conso F.
Title Respiratory diseases related to cereal dust exposure - Study in the region of Sousse, Tunisia
Original title Pathologie respiratoire liée à la poussière de céréales - Etude dans la région de Sousse (Tunisie) [in French]
Bibliographic information May 1999, Vol.60, No.2, p.101-106. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) bronchitis; grain elevators; grain dust
Descriptors (secondary) obstructive ventilatory impairment; Tunisia; smoking; allergic rhinitis; hypersensitivity; respiratory function tests; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance; Tunisia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)