Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers

Philip I Harber, D. P. Tashkin, M. Lew, M. Simmons

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Abstract

Categorization of the pattern of physiologic abnormalities in patients with asbestos-associated disease may be important for clinical, compensation, and epidemiologic reasons. A population of 658 asbestos-exposed workers was divided into six groups (restrictive, mixed restrictive-obstructive, obstructive, abnormal diffusing capacity, small airway disease, and normal) based upon pulmonary function test results. Use of two commonly employed prediction equations for diffusing capacity produced divergent results. Adjustment of the forced vital capacity for airtrapping based upon measurement of residual volume or of total lung capacity can improve the accuracy of categorization, particularly in smokers. Hence, the process of interpretation of pulmonary function testing should be chosen carefully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChest
Pages494-499
Number of pages6
Volume92
Edition3
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Asbestos
Total Lung Capacity
Residual Volume
Respiratory Function Tests
Vital Capacity
Lung
Population

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Harber, P. I., Tashkin, D. P., Lew, M., & Simmons, M. (1987). Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers. In Chest (3 ed., Vol. 92, pp. 494-499)

Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers. / Harber, Philip I; Tashkin, D. P.; Lew, M.; Simmons, M.

Chest. Vol. 92 3. ed. 1987. p. 494-499.

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Harber, PI, Tashkin, DP, Lew, M & Simmons, M 1987, Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers. in Chest. 3 edn, vol. 92, pp. 494-499.
Harber PI, Tashkin DP, Lew M, Simmons M. Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers. In Chest. 3 ed. Vol. 92. 1987. p. 494-499
Harber, Philip I ; Tashkin, D. P. ; Lew, M. ; Simmons, M. / Physiologic categorization of asbestos-exposed workers. Chest. Vol. 92 3. ed. 1987. pp. 494-499
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