Influence of air pollution on pulmonary function in healthy young men fromdifferent regions of Poland.

Wojciech Lubiński 1, Izabela Toczyska 2, Andrzej Chciałowski 2, Tadeusz Płusa 2
1 - Department of Internal Medicine, Pneumonology and Allergology, Military Instituteof Medicine, 00-909 Warsaw, Poland.
2 -
Ann Agric Environ Med
2005; 12 (1):
ICID: 420267
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of air pollution onpulmonary function parameters in healthy non-smoking young men. The study comprised 1,278 healthy, non-smokingyoung men (aged 18-23) living in Poland in regions with different levels of air pollution. The examinedpopulation was divided into three groups A, B, and C, based on low, moderate and high air pollution levels,respectively. Spirometry and bodyphletysmography at rest were performed by using of mobile lab PNEUMOBIL.Lung function parameters were analyzed and compared with respect to the level of air pollution. The meanvalues of the pulmonary function parameters were within the limits in all groups, but we observed statisticallysignificant differences between the groups (lowest mean values in group C and the highest in group A).In all groups we found persons with significant airflow limitation in the central and peripheral bronchi,defined as the decrease of FEV(1) %FVC ratio
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