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.