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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1068-1076; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041068
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Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Functions of Workers Employed in Turkish Textile Dyeing Factories

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Medical Faculty, Pamukkale University, Denizli 20100, Kinikli, Turkey
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Received: 28 February 2012 / Revised: 19 March 2012 / Accepted: 20 March 2012 / Published: 26 March 2012
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Abstract

Dyes are known to be a causative agent of occupational asthma in workers exposed to them. We have evaluated respiratory symptoms among textile workers. The study population comprised 106 exposed workers and a control (unexposed) group. Data were collected by a questionnaire. PFTs (Pulmonary Function Test) were performed. Among the exposed workers 36.8% defined phlegm. Respiratory symptoms were not significantly different between two groups. The employment duration of the exposed workers with phlegm was longer than those without phlegm (p = 0.027). The mean % predicted of FEF25–75 of the exposed workers was found to be significantly lower than the control (unexposed) group (p = 0.01). Our study suggests that textile dyeing might cause respiratory symptoms in workers.
Keywords: textile dyes; respiratory symptoms; pulmonary function test textile dyes; respiratory symptoms; pulmonary function test
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Ozkurt, S.; Kargi, B.A.; Kavas, M.; Evyapan, F.; Kiter, G.; Baser, S. Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Functions of Workers Employed in Turkish Textile Dyeing Factories. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 1068-1076.

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