Electron microscopic microanalysis of bronchoalveolar lavage: a way to identify exposure to silica and silicate dust.
- Published Article
Occupational and environmental medicine
- Publication Date
Aug 01, 1997
Detected levels of Si in BAL fluid depend on silica count and are higher in subjects with exposure to inorganic dust at work, but will not discriminate between exposed subjects with and without silicosis. Because semiquantitative x ray microanalysis does not accurately define exposure to non-silica inorganic particles, this measurement must be followed by EM microanalysis of individual particles in most cases, especially when exposure to silicates or metal dust is suspected.
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