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How Much Adult Asthma Can Be Attributed to Occupational Factors (Revisited)?

Jean-Luc Malo, MD
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Affiliations: Montreal, Canada 
 ,  Dr. Malo Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal School of Medicine, and Department of Chest Medicine, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal.

Correspondence to: Jean-Luc Malo, MD, Department of Chest Medicine, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, 5400 West Gouin Blvd, Montreal, Canada H4J 1C5; e-mail: malojl@meddir.umontreal.ca



Chest. 2000;118(5):1232-1234. doi:10.1378/chest.118.5.1232
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Occupational asthma (OA) is a disease characterized by variable airflow limitation and/or airway hyperresponsiveness due to causes and conditions attributable to a particular occupational environment and not to stimuli encountered outside the workplace. Two types of OA are distinguished by whether they appear after a latency period: (1) immunologic OA, which appears after a latency period that is necessary for acquiring “sensitization”; and (2) nonimmunologic OA or irritant-induced asthma.1

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