Kidney disease and arthritis in a cohort study of workers exposed to silica.

@article{Steenland2001KidneyDA,
  title={Kidney disease and arthritis in a cohort study of workers exposed to silica.},
  author={Kyle N. Steenland and Warren C. Sanderson and Geoffrey Calvert},
  journal={Epidemiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={405-12}
}
Silica exposure has been associated with kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis; an autoimmune mechanism has been proposed. Approximately 2 million people are occupationally exposed to silica in the United States, 100,000 at more than twice the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommended exposure limit of 0.05 mg/m(3). We examined renal disease morbidity and mortality, as well as arthritis mortality, in a cohort of 4,626 silica-exposed workers in the industrial sand… CONTINUE READING
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