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Rev Port Pneumol. 2003 Sep-Oct;9(5):367-79.

Noise and the respiratory system.

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Mestre em Engenharia Biomédica, Doutoranda no Departamento de Ciências e Engenharia do Ambiente, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Noise-induced pulmonary pathology is still an issue that is regarded with much suspicion despite the significant body of evidence demonstrating that acoustic phenomena target the respiratory tract. The goal of this review paper is threefold: a) to describe acoustic phenomena as an agent of disease, and the inadequacies of current legislation regarding noise-induced, non-auditory pathology; b) to trace how the interest in noise-induced pulmonary pathology emerged within the scope of studies on vibroacoustic disease; and c) to bring to light other studies denouncing noise as an agent of disease that impinges on the respiratory tract. As concluding remarks, future perspectives in LFN-related research will be discussed. The need for animal models will be emphasized.

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