Assessing occupational exposure to crystalline silica in a population-based study of systemic lupus erythematosus.
Parks-CG; Cooper-GS; Nylander-French-LA; Sandereson-WT; Dement-JM; Hoppin-JA
Med Lav 2002 Oct; 93(Suppl):S26
Crystalline silica has been associated with SLE in highly exposed workers and silicosis patients. Population-based studies of this association are difficult to conduct, because most SLE patients are female and few women work in the traditional dusty trades. Assessment of silica exposure in epidemiologic studies has typically been limited to long-term work in the dusty trades industries, and although measurement studies have documented substantial silica exposure in agriculture, previous epidemiologic studies have not considered farm work as a source of silica exposure. Here we compare methods for assessing silica exposure from dusty trades and farm work in a population-based study of SLE in the southeastern United States.
Silicates; Silica-dusts; Respirable-dust; Statistical-analysis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Lung-disease; Lung-irritants; Farmers; Dust-particles; Dust-exposure; Dust-sampling; Dust-analysis; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
La Medicina del Lavoro. 3rd International Symposium on Silica, Silicosis, Cancer and Other Diseases, S. Margherita Ligure, 21-25 October 2002