Studio pilota: Addetti alle cave di pietra nel distretto del Marmo di Apricena e BPCO

Translated title of the contribution: Pilot stvdy: Apricena marble district quarry workers and COPD

R. Zefferino, A. Arsa, M. Masullo, A. G. Nigri, A. Fanelli, F. Carella, L. Ambrosi

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The aim of the present article was to verify the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) prevalence in a cohort of quarry workers who belong to the Apricena Marble District. We studied 70 workers. They received a questionnaire about the disease and confounding factors. The spirometry showed that the FEV1 was normal in 95% of workers, instead 5% showed values lower than former (Average: 73%). TNF alpha and IL-1 Beta in Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) were lower than the method limit in all workers. Our cohort is limited, but we could retain that the lung disease is not present in workers taken into consideration. Our results are in according to Rushton who demonstrated that only a prolonged occupation, higher than thirty years, is able to induce lung disease.

Translated title of the contributionPilot stvdy: Apricena marble district quarry workers and COPD
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)526-528
Number of pages3
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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