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Agents causing occupational asthma

Published:October 28, 2008DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2008.09.010
      The workplace is a significant contributor to the burden of asthma. Although the majority of cases probably represent what is labeled work-exacerbated asthma, in a significant number of subjects, asthma is actually caused by 1 or more agents present in the workplace; this is occupational asthma. Two types of occupational asthma are distinguished, according to whether the asthma appears after a latency period. This article discusses (1) two types of agents causing asthma with a latency period and acting through an apparently immunologic mechanism (high-molecular-weight agents and low-molecular-weight agents) and (2) agents causing asthma without a latency period.

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      OA (Occupational asthma)
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