Table 2—

Symptoms in with a previous experience in sandblasting

Subjects n157
Asymptomatic26 (16.6)
Symptomatic131 (83.4)
 Dyspnoea81 (51.6)
 Chest pain72 (45.9)
 Chronic cough30 (19.1)
 Weight loss24 (15.3)
 Malaise20 (12.7)
 Back pain17 (10.8)
 Sputum11 (7.0)
 Joint or extremity pain7 (4.5)
 Other complaints#22 (14.0)
  • Data are presented as n (%), unless otherwise stated. #: eye complaints, nasal complaints (including epistaxis), hearing loss, mouth or throat dryness, headache, dizziness, diffuse pain and haemoptysis (decreasing in frequency).