Occupational Asthma Reference

Cartier A, Pineau L, Malo JL, Monitoring of maximum expiratory peak flow rates and histamine inhalation tests in the investigation of occupational asthma, Clin Allergy, 1984;14:193-196,

Keywords: oa, as , peak flow, br, carpenter, wood, ch-

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André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada André Cartier

Jean-Luc Malo, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Jean-Luc Malo

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A 49 year old carpenter developed asthma after he was employed in a new workshop. Specific inhalation tests carried out in a laboratory with presswood sawdust and the different glues used at work were negative. Monitoring peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR) at work revealed a progressive fall on consecutive days with recovery after periods off-work. Histamine inhalation tests showed a definite increase in bronchial hyperexcitability after working periods. Monitoring of PEFR in conjunction with histamine inhalation tests can thus help in confirming occupational asthma.

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