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Radiographic (ILO) readings predict arterial oxygen desaturation during exercise in subjects with asbestosis
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  • Published on:
    Re: Earlier study on asbestos workers, ILO scores and oxygenation
    • Y C Gary LEE, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Bhajan Singh, S C Pang, Nicholas H de Klerk, David R Hillman, A William Musk

    Dear Editor,

    We read the letter from Dr Smith with interest and thank him for suggesting his paper for discussion. Dr Smith argued that (i) there was significant overlap between his study [1] and ours [2], and (ii) oxygen desaturation as measured by pulse oximetry was an inappropriate means for testing exercise desaturation. We strongly disagreed with both points.

    (i) Our study and that of Smith and...

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    Earlier study on asbestos workers, ILO scores and oxygenation more comprehensive

    Dear Editor

    The publication of "Radiographic (ILO) readings predict arterial oxygen desaturation during exercise in subjects with asbestosis" by YCG Lee et al. from the Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Perth [1] presents no new information and fails to reference an earlier paper on the same subject which included more patients with clinical asbestosis and four different control groups.[2] This paper actually m...

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