Epidemiology of beryllium sensitization and disease in nuclear workers.

  title={Epidemiology of beryllium sensitization and disease in nuclear workers.},
  author={Kathleen Kreiss and Margaret M. Mroz and Boguang Zhen and John W Martyny and Lee S. Newman},
  journal={The American review of respiratory disease},
  volume={148 4 Pt 1},
We examined the epidemiology of chronic beryllium disease among a stratified, random sample (n = 895) of nuclear weapons workers using the blood beryllium lymphocyte transformation (BeLT) test and chest radiograph for case identification. Of 18 new cases of beryllium sensitization, 12 had beryllium disease, and three more developed pulmonary granulomas on lung biopsy over the succeeding 2 yr. Beryllium-sensitized cases did not differ from noncases in age, gender, race, ethnicity, smoking, most… CONTINUE READING


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