Screening blood test identifies subclinical beryllium disease.

  title={Screening blood test identifies subclinical beryllium disease.},
  author={Kathleen Kreiss and Lee S. Newman and Margaret M. Mroz and Priscilla A. Campbell},
  journal={Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association},
  volume={31 7},
We evaluated the beryllium-specific lymphocyte transformation test as a workplace screening tool for early beryllium disease. Fifty-one of 58 workers with current beryllium exposure completed questionnaires and gave blood specimens for the lymphocyte transformation test. Six workers (11.8%) had elevated test results ranging from 5.7-fold to 16.7-fold stimulation. Of five who underwent clinical evaluation, four had beryllium disease, demonstrated by granulomata on transbronchial lung biopsy and… CONTINUE READING

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