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Risk estimate of ischaemic heart disease in workers exposed to beryllium
  1. Bengt Sjögren
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bengt Sjögren, Work Environment Toxicology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, Stockholm SE-171 77, Sweden; bengt.sjogren{at}

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Mary Schubauer-Berigan and coworkers1 presented quantitative beryllium exposure measurements and an increased risk of cor pulmonale (standardised mortality ratio (SMR) 1.17; 95% CI 1.08 to 1.26) in a well-conducted cohort study. However, no risk estimate of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) was reported.

In the mid-1990s, a …

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