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Lung India Official publication of Indian Chest Society  
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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 143-146

Respiratory Morbidity And Pulmonary Function Impairment In 'Solderers' : An Occupational Hazard In Modern Electronics

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V. K Sharma

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One hundred and eighty-eight solderers with equal number of controls were studied. Prevalence of respiratory symptoms of breathlessness, cough and tightness in chest was seen in 51.06% of solderers. Roentgenologically there was no abnormality. VC, FEV1, FEV1/FVC and MMFR25-75 were lower in solderers as compared to controls and mean values decreased as the hours of exposure to fumes increased. 6.38% of solderers experienced restrictive type of ventilatory disorder while 4.25% had obstructive type. The high prevalence of respiratory morbidity and resulting pulmonary function impairment necessitate better environmental control of solder flux fumes.

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