Contribution of host factors and workplace exposure to the outcome of occupational asthma
European Respiratory Review, 06/01/2012
Maestrelli P et al. – The information obtained was sufficient to establish that older age, high–molecular–weight agents, impaired lung function and longer duration of exposure to the offending agent at the time of diagnosis had a negative role on the outcome of occupational asthma. Atopy and smoking at diagnosis did not seem to influence the outcome of occupational asthma. A limited number of studies considered sex and the pattern of asthmatic reaction on specific inhalation challenge and their findings were contradictory.