Occupational Lung Disease

David M. Perlman, Lisa A. Maier

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Occupational exposures are a major cause of lung disease and disability worldwide. This article reviews the broad range of types of occupational lung diseases, including airways disease, pneumoconioses, and cancer. Common causes of occupational lung disease are reviewed with specific examples and clinical features. Emphasis on the importance of a detailed history to make an accurate diagnosis of an occupational lung disease is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-548
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2019

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  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Occupational lung disease
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Work-related asthma and COPD


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