Diagnostic Approach to Occupational COPD
Dr. Ceyda ŞAHAN


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important and common disease that is not well known worldwide and therefore poorly diagnosed and is caused by exposure to a large number of vapors, gases, dust and fume. Although smoking plays an important role in the development of COPD, occupational and environmental exposures should also be considered. The most common occupational exposures causing COPD are mineral, metal and organic dusts. The majority of the employees are also smoker in addition to occupational exposures. That is the most common limitation in differential diagnosis of occupational COPD. Further studies are needed in this field which should evaluate new agents and produce high level of evidence. In terms of occupational health and safety, it should be ensured that the employees are monitored spirometrically and their occupational exposures are evaluated quantitatively to provide the ground for further studies

Keywords: Irritants, lung injury, COPD, occupational exposure
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