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J Occup Health year 2008 volume 50 number 2 page 208 - 211
Classification Field Study
Title High Prevalence of Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases among Turkish Tinners
Author Oner Dikensoy1, Resat Kervancioglu2, Ibrahim Ege1, Nevin Uysal1, Osman Elbek1 and Ayhan Ozkur2
Organization 1Department of Pulmonary Diseases and 2Department of Radiology, Gaziantep University, Turkey
Keywords Tin, Tinners, Lung, High resolution computed tomography
Correspondence O. Dikensoy, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Gaziantep University, 27310 Gaziantep, Turkey (e-mail: dikensoy@yahoo.com)
Abstract High Prevalence of Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases among Turkish Tinners: Oner Dikensoy, et al. Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Gaziantep University, Turkey-The objective is to investigate the prevalence of parenchymal lung diseases among tinners. Twenty-four tinners who signed an informed consent form in the Gaziantep area were the subjects of this study. Demographics, spirometric test results, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans were obtained for all the tinners. Out of 24 tinners, eleven tinners (46%) had HRCTs consistent with DPLD. Of these 11 subjects, HRCT findings were consistent with respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease in nine, usual interstitial pneumonia pattern in one, and non-specific interstitial pneumonia in one. HRCT patterns consistent with DPLDs are significantly prevalent among Turkish tinners. This is the first field study reporting this occupational lung hazard in tinners. Future research is needed to uncover the underlying mechanisms.