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Occupational exposures should be considered in all patients with non-malignant respiratory diseases

Editorial letter
Authors Kjell Torén
Published in Läkartidningen
Volume 116
ISSN 1652-7518
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Occupational and environmental medicine
Language sv
Subject categories Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Occupational medicine


Occupational exposures to gas, fumes, dust and chemicals contribute to non-malignant respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and community-acquired pneumonia in more than one in ten patients. They may be sick due to inhaling various particles, gases, fumes, or chemicals in the workplace. Hence, these exposures should be considered in all patients with non-malignant respiratory diseases. In an international literature review the occupational burden of asthma was 16%, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 14%, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 26% and community-acquired pneumonia 10%.

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