HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
CT helps find cause of puzzling cough in WTC rescue workers

CHICAGO Radiologists are one step closer to solving a mysterious condition affecting World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery workers.

Air trapping, a manifestation of obstructed lung airways often seen in smokers and the elderly, was identified in 25 of 29 rescue and recovery workers suffering from "WTC cough," according to early research results presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"Our research further corroborates that people at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11, 2001, and the days after were exposed to environmental toxins that initiated airway problems," said lead author David S. Mendelson, M.D., associate professor of radiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

The diagnosis was made using end-expiratory high-resolution CT, a rarely used test that is performed after patients have expelled their breath. In a typical chest CT, the scan is performed during a deep breath hold.

Twenty-nine rescue and recovery workers whose respiratory complaints could not be clearly characterized by routine pulmonary function tests were evaluated with standard CT and end-expiratory CT. The end-expiratory CT revealed abnormalities not detected on the standard CT.

These patients had been referred by the WTC Health Effects Treatment Program, a dedicated clinical effort for World Trade Center rescue and cleanup workers that has evaluated about 900 patients since January 2003. Approximately 40 percent of these patients have been identified as having new or exacerbated respiratory problems since their work at Ground Zero. Researchers speculate that small-airway disease has resulted from exposure to large amounts of toxic dust particles found at the WTC site.

Many of the impairments are clearly obstructive, but there also appears to be a patient subgroup with definite symptoms in whom conventional tests fail to show the nature and e
'"/>

Contact: Doug Dusik
ddusik@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America
30-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Protein that helps skin cancer spread identified by Stanford researchers
2. Treating depression helps slow physical decline in older adults, study shows
3. Laughter helps blood vessels function better
4. Chemists synthesize molecule that helps body battle cancers, malaria
5. Medication helps alcoholics control drinking
6. Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart
7. An implanted nerve stimulator helps drop foot sufferers walk faster and better
8. New brochure helps explain treatment for gynecologic cancers
9. Exercise helps reduce symptoms of depression, UT Southwestern researchers find
10. Diet, exercise, stimulating environment helps old dogs learn
11. Birth simulator helps physicians I.D. least forceful way to manage problem deliveries

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: helps find cause puzzling cough WTC rescue workers

(Date:7/29/2014)... Alto, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 ... and well-being in older adults. Once again, the non-profit agency ... Celebration, a free event for seniors. , This event gives ... active and maintain better health. There will be a variety ... and dancing, wellness vendors, tech demonstrations and artists. In addition, ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Medicine researchers have made an important advancement toward ... deadly tick-transmitted disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). , ... a steady rise in the incidence of human ... the need for a vaccine critical. Successful vaccine ... prevent disease, and the VCU team has identified ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Child abuse law firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene ... scholarship will help future lawyers who want to fight for ... Iscoe and Greene lawyers work continuously to help victims recover ... the same. More than 6 million children are abused in ... Childhelp (retrieved 7/22/2014). , “This is an issue that’s ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... July 29, 2014 As testosterone treatment ... courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study ... with Type 2 diabetes. The research, which was published ... on June 30th, involved 88 men who suffered from ... moderate aging male symptoms and erectile dysfunction. Roughly half ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Society of America (GSA) the nation,s largest ... has chosen Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, of ... the Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology Outstanding ... to an individual who has exemplified outstanding commitment and ... aging. , The award presentation will take place at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Avenidas Hosts Third Annual Successful Aging Celebration 2Health News:Researchers take steps toward development of a vaccine against tick-transmitted disease 2Health News:Researchers take steps toward development of a vaccine against tick-transmitted disease 3Health News:Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Offers Child Advocate Scholarship 2Health News:As Testosterone Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Study Questioning Effectiveness of Low Testosterone Therapy in Diabetics 2Health News:As Testosterone Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Study Questioning Effectiveness of Low Testosterone Therapy in Diabetics 3Health News:As Testosterone Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Study Questioning Effectiveness of Low Testosterone Therapy in Diabetics 4Health News:Bowers to receive GSA's 2014 Minority Mentorship Award 2
(Date:7/29/2014)... -- Numotion,s Board of Directors has announced that as of ... company,s new Chief Executive Officer. Swinford joins ... he worked primarily for GE Healthcare Services, running businesses ranging ... His most recent position was as President and CEO of ... to join Numotion," said Mike Swinford . "I look ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... 2014 McGraw-Hill Education Professional, a leading global ... and medical communities, has announced the launch of the ... of the world-renowned medical education platform. ... , available for download onto all iOS and Android ... gain access to valuable AccessMedicine diagnostic resources ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... 29, 2014  Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... its second quarter 2014 financial results after the Nasdaq ... then host a live conference call and webcast to ... Thursday morning, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern ... access the live conference call by dialing 866-952-1907 (US) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Numotion Names Mike Swinford CEO 2McGraw-Hill Education Professional's AccessMedicine App Delivers Instant Access to Essential Diagnostic Tools 2McGraw-Hill Education Professional's AccessMedicine App Delivers Instant Access to Essential Diagnostic Tools 3Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Conference Call And Webcast To Report Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2
Cached News: