Pneumoconiosis from agricultural dust exposure among California farmworkers.
Schenker-MB; Pinkerton-KE; Elvine-Kreiss-B; Vallyathan-V; Kim-M; Green-F
Med Lav 2002 Oct; 93(Suppl):S36-S37
We measured the prevalence, severity and histologic character of pulmonary lesions due to dust exposure among Hispanic farmworkers in California. Hispanic males in Central California show early, subclinical histopathological changes consistent with silicosis and mixed-dust pneumoconiosis. Changes were associated with greater severity of dust scores in farmworkers than in non-farmworkers. The natural history and clinical significance of these changes remains to be determined.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Bronchial-asthma; Chronic-exposure; Chronic-inflammation; Dust-analysis; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Farmers; Inhalation-studies; Laboratory-testing; Lung-disorders; Lung-function; Lung-irritants; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Pollutants; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Silicates; Silica-dusts; Respirable-dust; Statistical-analysis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-disease; Epidemiology; Demographic-characteristics; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Mineral-dusts
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
University of California - Davis