Welding produces miscellaneous gases and particles that have various effects on respiratory systems, and long-term exposure may result in "welder's lung." The aim of this study is to describe radiological findings of welders' lung.
The clinical and radiological findings of welders who had hospital applications with respiratory symptoms between January 2010 and January 2017 were evaluated retrospectively.
A total of 16 male welders with a mean age of 37 had the mean duration of welding occupation of 12 years. The most common symptoms were coughing (87%), sputum production (63%), and dyspnoea (63%).Thirteen welders were working in shipyards and three in construction business and other workplaces. Three (19%) patients had rhonchi on physical examination, and these patients had decreased FEV1/FVC values below 70% on spirometry. Poorly defined centrilobular micronodules that were not clearly visible on chest radiographs observed on thorax high resolution computed tomography. Bronchoscopy was performed to seven patients. Iron-positive pigment granules and ferruginous bodies were revealed in three patients' bronchoalveolar lavage.
Welders' chest X-rays deserve a closer look. In pulmonary radiology, there may be radiographical findings ranging from small ill-defined nodules to groundglass opacites. Physcians should look more careful to welders' chest X-rays. An awareness for the radiological findings will also reduce interventional procedures in these patients.
Find the full paper here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
28 Apr 2020
- Brisbane, Australia
This one-day session features view on best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction.
19 Jul 2020
- Austin, Texas
This one-day session will include a view of best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction.
14 - 16 Sep 2020
- Muscat, Oman
Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry.
17 - 19 Aug 2020
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Where Energy Professionals Exchange Ideas
15 - 16 Sep 2020
- Brisbane, Australia
We are in the throes of an energy transition - our energy system is evolving rapidly and diversifying, decarbonising and decentralising.
29 Aug - 2 Sep 2020
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Get back to basics in oil recovery
9 Sep 2020
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Enter into the World of Tomorrow for Canadian heavy oil
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2020 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.