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Kopylev et al 1 conducted a meta-analysis of lung function decrements associated with pleural plaques. Several factors indicate that this analysis was inappropriate.
Although Kopylev et al 1 considered study quality, they did not conduct a formal risk-of-bias analysis. Also, several studies did not provide data needed to calculate mean differences and SEs of lung function parameters. For these missing data, Kopylev et al 1 made assumptions and inputted values that may have biased results. Further, …
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