Occupation-related ILD

Traci Adams, Annyce S. Mayer, Craig Glazer, Lisa A. Maier

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Numerous interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are caused by exposure to agents in the workplace, termed here ‘occupational ILDs’ (Occ-ILDs). Occ-ILDs have similar clinical, radiographic and pathologic presentations as non-occupational ILDs (Table 19.1) (1). Distinguishing Occ-ILDs from non-occupational ILDs is important for several reasons. First, the Occ-ILDs are common, as discussed below (2, 3). Additionally, the prognosis from Occ-ILD is different from that of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs). For example, both asbestosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are characterized by a usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern on pathology, but the prognosis for asbestosis is far better (1). Finally, a diagnosis of Occ-ILD has implications for treatment and prevention. Minimizing or eliminating exposure is a cornerstone of treatment of Occ-ILDs (4, 5). Identification of an Occ-ILD also presents an opportunity for primary and secondary disease prevention among exposed co-workers and has implications for future employment of the patient as well as eligibility for compensation programmes (6, 7).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Handbook of Interstitial Lung Disease
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781498768269
ISBN (Print)9781498768252
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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