Occupational lung disease
Last updated: Thursday, 23, December, 2010
Clinical assessment. Diagnostic imaging, blood gases, lung function studies as appropriate.
Lung biopsy, pleural or lesion biopsy (including FNAB) if indicated.
Allergen specific immunoglobulin E may be of value in the assessment of some forms of occupational asthma especially animal house workers.
Although precipitins to avian, fungal, thermophilic actinomycetes may be present in asymptomatic individuals exposed to organic dusts, their presence may assist to confirm disease in symptomatic patients.