Papers And Originals

Circulating Rheumatoid and Antinuclear Factors in Asbestos Workers

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: (Published 29 August 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:492
  1. Margaret Turner-Warwick,
  2. W. Raymond Parkes


    In an unselected series of 80 patients with asbestos exposure referred to the London Pneumoconiosis Medical Panel, antinuclear and rheumatoid factors were found in 28 and 27% respectively. This probably represents at least a fourfold increase over their incidence in random populations. The presence of these autoantibodies was not related to the duration of exposure, but was related to the extent of radiographic abnormality.