How does chemical worker's lung affect lung parenchyma?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Shakeel Amanullah, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Chemicals like anhydrides, diisocyanates including trimellitic anhydrides, and other chemicals can result in hypersensitvity pneumonitis (HP). The onset may be acute, subacute, or chronic, depending on the intensity, duration, and susceptibility of the patient.

The list of chemicals that can result in HP continues to increase. Symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, and cough. Recurrent exposure can lead to interstitial lung disease and pulmonary vascular pathologies.


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