Assessment of respiratory function in patients with podoconiosis

Morrison, Chiara and Davey, Gail (2009) Assessment of respiratory function in patients with podoconiosis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103 (3). pp. 315-7. ISSN 1878-3503

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The respiratory effects of silicate particles have never been studied in patients with podoconiosis (a lower limb silicosis). We assessed whether lung function in patients differed from that of controls in the same silica-exposed environment. We assessed lung function using portable turbine spirometers on 110 adult patients with podoconiosis and 110 controls, and compared mean percentage predicted forced expiratory volume in 1second (FEV(1)) and forced vital capacity (FVC) between these groups. Percentage predicted FEV(1) and FVC were low in both groups, but the difference between groups was not statistically significant (FEV(1) 82.24 vs. 85.32, P=0.187; FVC 70.93 vs. 73.59, P= 0.197). The mean FEV(1) of both groups was significantly lower than that of Ethiopian adults living on low-silica soil.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0251 Constitutional diseases (General)
Depositing User: Gail Davey
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 12:51
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 17:56
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