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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The pathological and clinical features of 62 carcinoid tumours of the bronchus operated between 1975 and 1987 were reviewed in order to determine the prognostic value of certain parameters: limit of proliferation, vascular invasion, lymph node involvement. This series corresponded to 36 central tumours and 25 peripheral tumours, all treated surgically. One(More)