ROBERT CHARR, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Pulmonary changes resembling silicosis may follow inhalation for a number of years in enclosed places of welding fumes containing minute particles of iron oxide. But, unlike the pulmonary changes in silicosis, those in welders are considered harmless. Occasionally, however, one meets a welder with respiratory difficulty without apparent reason other than exposure to welding fumes.
This communication adds three such patients to those reported earlier.1
Case 1. A 54 year old male had been exposed to welding fumes for 15 years. In December, 1954, he sought medical advice because of dyspnea, cough and substernal discomfort. The physical examination
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CHARR R. PULMONARY CHANGES IN WELDERS: A REPORT OF THREE CASES(PULMONARY CHANGES IN WELDERS: A REPORT OF THREE CASES*). Ann Intern Med. 1956;44:806–812. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-4-806
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(4):806-812.
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