What is the prognosis of chemical worker's lung?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Shakeel Amanullah, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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The ultimate prognosis is related to the specific exposure. Mortality and morbidity vary with the substance and the frequency, intensity, and duration of inhalational exposure. Host factors include underlying cardiopulmonary disease and immunopathogenesis.

A study by Hart et al assessed ambient air pollution exposures and mortality. [13]  The study concluded that cause-specific mortality (ie, lung cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease) were observed with particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide, but not with particulate matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter.


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