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Occupational and Environmental Lung Diseases: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease |

Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness Among Patients Presented to the University Emergency Departments in Ahvaz, Iran: Impact of Ecosystem on Human Life?

Maryam Haddadzadeh Shoushtari, MD; Seyed Ali Mousavi, MD; Hanieh Raji, MD; Arash Foroozan, MD; Seied Hamid Borsi, MD; Esmail Eidani, MD; Sakineh Afrakhteh, MD; Mohammad-Ali Assarehzadegan, MD; Kamran Masoumi, MD; Roozbeh Sharif, MD
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University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):935A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1036
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SESSION TITLE: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Previous studies demonstrated more severe bronchospasm during seasonal thunderstorms (thunderstorm asthma). Ahvaz, a metropolitan city located in Southwest of Iran, was named the World’s worst air polluted city by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2011. Drastic changes in the ecosystem resulted in more thunder- and sand-storms. This is believed to be due to substantial ecologic changes in the Southern part of Iraq & Iran after decades of wars and industrialization. Evidence is lacking on spirometric changes after thunderstorms. In the current study, we aimed to examine the difference of spirometric indices among patients presented to the Ahvaz Jundishapur Medical University (AJMU) emergency departments (ED) with symptoms of thunderstorm-asthma during seasonal thunderstorms compared to those presented during other times.

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