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Effect of Length of Exposure to Silica Dust on Peak Expiratory Flow Rate among Stone Crushers of Quetta, Pakistan

Tanzeel Ahmed*

Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan

*Corresponding Author:
Tanzeel Ahmed
Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacy Practice
University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan
Tel: 03148126949
E-mail: tanzeel_ahmed27@yahoo.com

Received Date: 28/11/2017; Accepted Date: 14/12/2017; Published Date: 21/12/2017

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the impact of silicon dust on peak expiratory flow rate of stone crushers. Materials and methods: The total 125 male study accused age of 18 years and > considered, out of which 75 from stone crushers and 75 were from general population selected from Quetta district, Pakistan. Respondents divided into two groups; group-I (stone crushers) and group-II (control group). Data was together by Spirometer. Peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) calculated for both groups and explored. The frequency, percentage and descriptive statistical measurements observed for both groups by using SPSS 22. Related sample Wilcoxon signed rank test applied and sig level (P5 years (77.42), 5-15 years (79.87) and 15 years and> was (80.50) in stone crushers. Conclusion: This study concluded that important difference found in the peak expiratory flow rate between stone crushers and control group, stone crushers showed the mild restrictive lung deficiencies but the control group was normal.

Keywords

Stone crushers, Length of exposure, Silica dust, Control group, PEFR

Introduction

Pneumoconiosis constitutes the significant extent of the word related illnesses and is one of the old word related sicknesses. Since Ramazzini first portrayed this gathering of respiratory issue among the coal laborers, various examinations has been done among specialists of different occupations presented to the different sorts of clean by temperance of their occupation. In any case, the silica clean, which is omnipresent in the environment, still out numbers alternate sorts of tidy, in this manner making silicosis the most as often as possible happening pneumoconiosis. The occupations, which open specialists to silica dust, agate industry, slate pencil cutting industry, clay and ceramics industry, incorporate sandstone quarry, and some more [1].

Stone crushing is imperative modern division in Pakistan [2]. It has little scale stone crushers in sloppy part in various rocky regions. These crushers give essential material to street and building development. They are occupied with exceedingly work concentrated exercises. It gives not just crude material to development of streets, structures, spans, and so forth yet in addition gives business to the nearby individuals [3]. Diverse phases of stone smashing procedure include boring and impacting of rocks, transportation of the crude material, pulverizing, screening, estimate arrangement, material taking care of, capacity operations and transportation of conclusive item. Mining operations cause huge emanations of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the environment [4,5].

Business related contact to respirable precious stone like silica roots silicosis is associated with tuberculosis and lung tumor might be related to the development of immune system infections, for example, rheumatoid joint pain and constant renal malady. The silicosis, most extreme anticipating of the silica connected morbidities is an interstitial, lung contamination created primarily by means of the bite of demeanor of free precious stone like silica [6].

Peak expiratory flow rate is a valuable pneumonic capacity test. PEFR might be basically measured utilizing gear, for example, the Wright top expiratory stream meter. The machines are shabby and versatile and serve an assortment of capacities [1,7-9]. Be that as it may, is hard to influence clear decisions about the adjustments in crest expiratory stream to rate in laborers with silicosis, since significant inconstancy in people cases might be available, most likely on account of multifactorial impacts of simultaneous cigarette smoking, the sort of tidies engaged with the introduction (blended versus unadulterated), the dosage of clean and term of presentation and the other pneumonic infections, for example, tuberculosis [1].

There are many stone crushers units in Quetta, on account of bumpy locale of Balochistan. The primary point of this examination was to discover the impact of length of experience on PEFR esteem between stone crushers.

Materials and Methods

Study Design

Case-control study.

Study Setting

The study was conducted in Quetta, Pakistan.

Study Population

The stone crushers and sound populace who had over one year of work encounter chose from Quetta, Pakistan.

Sample Size

One hundred and twenty five stone crushers and healthy populace were considered.

Study Procedure

The pre consent taken from the every study respondents of both groups (group-I, consists of stone crushers and group-II, consists of healthy population) and informed about the aim of the study. The interview conducted on stone crushing crushers and healthy population of the Quetta district of Balochistan, Pakistan and recorded the data in the questionnaire and spirometry tests performed for stone crushers and healthy population separately, PEFR (peak expiratory flow rate calculated for both groups and analyzed.

Statistical Analysis

The frequency, percentage and descriptive statistical measurements observed for both groups by using SPSS 20. Related sample Wilcoxon signed rank test applied and significance level (P<0.05) observed.

Ethical Requirements

Earlier assent filled from all the investigation respondents of the two groups' stone crushers and healthy populace of Quetta, Pakistan.

Results

Group-I; total seventy-five men stone crushers selected out of which the mean ± SD of age was 28.04 ± 8.921, smokers were 19 (25.3) and non-smokers were 56 (74.7). The mean ± SD of pulse rate was 84.88 ± 17.830, systolic blood pressure was 135.33 ± 9.42, diastolic blood pressure was 133.40 ± 9.42 and BMI was 24.70 ± 4.420. The incidence anemic disease in stone crushers were 2 (2.7), respiratory disease 21 (28.0), cardio vascular disease 5 (6.7) and dry cough 2 (2.7) as shown in Table 1. Group-II; total seventy-five men healthy population (control group) selected out of which the mean ± SD of age was 30.79 ± 7.977, smokers were 20 (26.7) and non-smokers were 55 (73.3). The mean ± SD of pulse rate was 83.12 ± 16.404, systolic blood pressure was 122.48 ± 11.142, diastolic blood pressure was 82.81 ± 13.321 and BMI was 24.98 ± 3.980. The number and percentage of occurrence of anemic disease in stone crushers was 5 (6.7), cardio vascular disease 1 (1.3) and disease related to the central nervous system 1 (1.3) as shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Demographics characteristics / frequency of different diseases.

Description Age Smokers Non-Smokers Pulse Sys B.P Diast B.P BMI
(N=75) (M ± SD) N (%) N (%) (M ± SD) (M ± SD) (M ± SD) (M ± SD)
Stone Crushers 28.04±8.921 19 (25.3) 56 (74.7) 84.88±17.830 135.33±9.42 133.40±9.42 24.70±4.420
Control Group 30.79±7.977 20 (26.7) 55 (73.3) 83.12±16.404 122.48±11.142 82.81±13.321 24.98±3.980
Frequency of Different Diseases
Description Anemia Respiration CVS UTI CNS Miscellaneous
(N=75) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Stone Crushers 2 (2.7) 21 (28.0) 5 (6.7) N/A N/A Dry Cough 2 (2.7)
Control Group 5 (6.7) N/A 1 (1.3) N/A 1 (1.3) N/A

Spirometry comparison between stone crushing workers and control group (general population) shows that the mean value of stone crusher for PEFR in the work exposure group, <5 years was (77.42), 5-15 years (79.87) and 15 years and> (80.50) but the mean value of healthy population for PEFR in the work exposure group, <5 years was (91.80), 5-15 years (78.03) and 15 years and> (99.29) (Table 2).

Table 2. Peak expiratory flow rate comparison between stone crushers.

Description PEFR 95% Confidence Interval for Mean Minimum Maximum Related Sample Wilcoxon SignedRank test
Stone Crushers Workers Age Group N M SD SE Lower Bound Upper Bound     P<0.001
>5 Years 43 77.42 16.342 2.492 72.39 72.39 72.39 72.39
5-15 Years 30 79.87 17.451 3.186 73.35 73.35 73.35 73.35
15 Years and> 2 80.5 6.364 4.5 23.32 23.32 23.32 23.32
Total 75 78.48 16.523 1.908 74.68 74.68 74.68 74.68
Control Group N M SD SE         P<0.001
>5 Years 37 91.8 19.937 3.278 84.43 97.73 55 132
5-15 Years 31 78.03 15.329 2.753 72.41 83.65 55 119
15 Years and> 7 99.29 25.973 9.817 75.27 123.31 64 132
Total 75 86.45 19.983 2.307 81.86 91.05 55 132

Discussion

The results of present study shows that the length of work experience to silica dust may not affect the lung function of stone crushers, because the mean value decreased in <5 years of work experience, little better in 5-15 years of work experience group and in the work experience group 15 years and above was normal.

Especially expressively diminished in the estimation of PEFR in all laborers when coordinated by routine with regards to control gathering [1,10-13]. The PEFR mean an incentive in existing examination was diminished in stone crushers however the PEFR mean an incentive in control gathering (overall public) was ordinary, which demonstrates PEFR esteem was preferable in control bunch over stone crusher. Show examine bolstered the finish of studies performed [12-15] and contradict the investigation performed [16].

The subjects who were presented to the dust for ≥ 2 years were found to have brought down PEFR than the individuals who were uncovered for <2 years. This is because of the bothering of upper respiratory tract mucosa because of delayed presentation bringing about the hypertrophy of the mucosal covering. This thusly brings about the expanded discharge of bodily fluid and development of mucosal attachments, which makes deterrent the breathed out air [1]. Great muscle withdrawal in youthful age helps in removing a more noteworthy part of breathed in air in this way giving a higher pinnacle expiratory stream rate. In this way diminishment in top expiratory stream rate with expanding age might be because of the lessening in chest muscle withdrawal with the headway of age [1,17]. The estimation of FEF25-75% and PEFR in stone crushers of every one of the two ages bunches demonstrated profoundly huge lessening when contrasted with controls. Additionally found that the estimation of FEF25-75% and PEFR continues diminishing as the length of presentation to particulate issue increments [13]. However in the present investigation the lower PEFR in stone crushers than the control group. <5 years bring down PEFR was seen than 5-15 years and 15 years and>. The aftereffect of present examination opposing to the investigation performed by Tiwari et al. [1].

PEFR is controlled by the weight applied in a constrained lapse and henceforth on energy of the expiratory muscle. PEFR is more exertion subordinate and is record of expiratory aviation route protection. Protein discharged from eosinophil in provocative response may add to the hyper responsiveness of aviation route.

Aggravation of upper respiratory tract mucosa because of delayed presentation of silica brings about hypertrophy of mucosal covering. This thus brings about expanded discharge of bodily fluid and arrangement of mucosal attachments, which makes hindrance, breathed out air [1]. These discouraged aviation routes fall more effectively than the ordinary aviation routes which brings about diminished development of air to the outside. This decreases the maximal expiratory stream. The hypertrophy and scarring - bronchial related lymphoid tissue and intrapulmonary lymph hub may likewise pack bigger aviation routes and perish in PEFR [17,18].

Conclusion

This study concluded that important difference found in the peak expiratory flow rate between stone crushers and control group. Stone crushers showed the mild restrictive lung deficiencies but the control group was normal and the results also shows that the length of work experience to silica dust may not affect the lung function of stone crushers.

Recommendations

Particular assurance required, suitable veneers ought to be exhausted and they should be wash away or the channel ought to be restored when necessary and their utilization ought to be clarified and supported through rehashed wellbeing training programs. Unique styles of shoes and garbs for this work are vital and intermittent spirometry test ought to perform. Building control measures, for example, establishment of nearby fumes ventilation at the focuses freeing dust, for example, jaw crusher, disintegrator and vibrating screen, utilization of sack channels and wet procedures ought to be taken. These specialists ought to be enlisted with the administrative government disability plans like Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) and ought to be given wellbeing and different advantages.

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