Chest pain in asbestos-exposed individuals with benign pleural and parenchymal disease

S. Mukherjee, N. De Klerk, L. J. Palmer, N. J. Olsen, S. C. Pang, A. W. Musk

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Many asbestos-exposed individuals complain of chest pain for which there is no clear explanation. To determine whether chest pain is associated with the presence of benign pleural or parenchymal disease on chest radiograph, we studied 1,280 subjects undergoing surveillance because of prior asbestos exposure at Wittenoom, Western Australia. All subjects completed the Rose questionnaire on chest pain and this revealed 556 subjects (43%) who experienced some chest pain. A posterior-anterior chest radiograph was performed at the same clinic visit and was subsequently graded independently by two experienced readers for diffuse parenchymal disease and pleural disease. Logistic regression models adjusted for sex, age, and cumulative asbestos exposure indicated that the presence of chest pain was significantly associated with the presence of both benign pleural disease and diffuse parenchymal disease. Further analysis after stratification of chest pain into nonanginal and anginal pain showed that there was a significant association between anginal pain and the presence of pleural and parenchymal asbestos-induced radiologic abnormalities and an association of nonanginal pain with parenchymal disease. We conclude that radiographic evidence of either parenchymal or pleural disease in subjects exposed to asbestos is significantly related to the presence of chest pain, particularly anginal pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1807-1811
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes


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