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AIMS To estimate the general and specific incidence of occupational asthma in France in 1996-99; and to describe the distribution of cases by age, sex, suspected causal agents, and occupation. METHODS New cases of occupational asthma were collected by a national surveillance programme, based on voluntary reporting, named Observatoire National des Asthmes(More)
OBJECTIVE Quaternary ammonium compounds, among which benzalkonium chloride is one of the best-known, are commonly used as antiseptics, disinfectants, detergents and preservatives. They can cause occupational asthma, which however, has been rarely reported so far, despite wide use of these products. We report three such cases. Possible mechanisms causing(More)
Observatoire National des Asthmes Professionnels (ONAP) was created in 1996 by two French professional societies to estimate the incidence of occupational asthma and to promote preventive measures against it. Occupational and chest physicians were asked to report newly diagnosed cases of work-related asthma and reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS),(More)
Serum neuron-specific enolase (NSE) levels were measured before treatment in 112 patients diagnosed as having small cell lung cancer in our department. All these patients underwent exhaustive staging procedures: 53 had limited disease (LD) and 59 extensive disease (ED). Serum NSE was elevated in 83% of the patients (i.e. 71% of the patients with LD and 93%(More)
We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 151 consecutive patients diagnosed as small cell lung cancer in our department and who had at least one course of chemotherapy. Nineteen patients died during the first 2 months, of the probability were reported to construct a receiver operating characteristic curve i.e. 13% of the population. The probability of(More)
We report the case of a 28-year old man suffering from rhinitis and asthma which appeared 8 years after exposure to different woods, especially abachi wood. Serial PEFR monitoring at work and away from work were consistent with occupational asthma. Spirometry showed an airway obstruction, and metacholine inhalation test was positive. Skin prick-tests(More)
INTRODUCTION A national surveillance programme (ONAP project) was created in France in 1996 by two professional societies to estimate the incidence and identity the characteristics of occupational asthma. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 2001 and 2002 chest physicians and occupational physicians in Alsace were intensively solicited for better voluntary reporting(More)
Current data in the literature show a protective effect of loop diuretics in relation to certain types of experimental bronchospasm. This action has sometimes been observed after the administration of diuretics as aerosols in less severe cases of asthma. The initial observations on bronchospasm induced by physical stimuli (exercise, distilled water and(More)
The authors report the case of a patient with a pancreatic carcinoma who developed lung metastases mimicking a diffuse bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma. Such features have already been described mostly with carcinomas of the digestive tract but also with breast, and head and neck carcinoma. Macroscopically and microscopically there is no difference between(More)