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[Clinical course of asbestosis under the existing conditions in extraction and processing of serpentine asbestos].

Authors
  • Likhacheva, E I
  • Semennikova, T K
  • Vagina, E R
  • Iarina, A L
  • Klimina, M S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Meditsina truda i promyshlennaia ekologiia
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Issue
5
Pages
4–8
Identifiers
PMID: 10424073
Source
Medline
Language
Russian
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors followed changes in clinical course of asbestosis, comparing groups of individuals working in exposure to chrysotile-asbestos dust, patients having so-called late asbestosis and reference group (individuals with absent or minimal roentgenologic changes in lungs). Analysis of 530 case histories proved increase of average length of service in dusty conditions before asbestosis development, longer progression of pulmonary fibrosis. Asbestosis progression does not depend on medical resolutions. "Late" asbestosis occurs in retired workers who were engaged into auxiliary occupations. Low baseline values of respiratory function and associated respiratory infection worsen the overall prognosis.

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