Cobalt and hard metal disease. European congress. Begamo ITA, 1992/05/12.
Eight hard metal workers exposed to cobalt containing dust (four producers of stone-cutting cobalt-diamond wheels and four grinders of hard metal tools) and affected by interstitial lung fibrosis have been examined.
A close relationship between cobalt exposure and clinical findings was observed in six patients who were still working.
The clinical picture ranged from minor symptoms to manifestations resembling those of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, with fever, weight-loss, non-productive cough and dyspnea.
A restrictive impairment of the ventilatory function was prevalent.
The chest roentgenogram of one patient showed a diffuse reticular nodular pattern, while the others presented a mild reticular accentuation of the interstitium.
Mots-clés Pascal : Métal fritté, Cobalt, Poussière, Inhalation, Toxicité, Pneumopathie interstitielle, Homme, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Poumon pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sintered metal, Cobalt, Dust, Inhalation, Toxicity, Interstitial pneumonitis, Human, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Respiratory disease, Lung disease
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Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 199501.