Do asbestos-related pleural plaques on HRCT scans cause restrictive impairment in the absence of pulmonary fibrosis?

@article{Clin2011DoAP,
  title={Do asbestos-related pleural plaques on HRCT scans cause restrictive impairment in the absence of pulmonary fibrosis?},
  author={B{\'e}n{\'e}dicte Clin and Christophe Paris and Jacques Ameille and Patrick Brochard and Françoise Conso and Antoine Gislard and François Laurent and Marc Letourneux and Amandine Luc and Evelyne Schorl{\'e} and J C Pairon},
  journal={Thorax},
  year={2011},
  volume={66 11},
  pages={985-91}
}
BACKGROUND It is uncertain whether isolated pleural plaques cause functional impairment. OBJECTIVE To analyse the relationship between isolated pleural plaques confirmed by CT scanning and lung function in subjects with occupational exposure to asbestos. METHODS The study population consisted of 2743 subjects presenting with no parenchymal interstitial abnormalities on the high-resolution CT (HRCT) scan. Asbestos exposure was evaluated by calculation of an individual cumulative exposure… CONTINUE READING

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