Tuberc Respir Dis.  2011 Nov;71(5):317-321.

Clinical Year-in-Review of Occupational Lung Disease

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.


Occupational lung disease (OLD) is a group of lung diseases caused and/or aggravated by organic and inorganic inhaled dust, fumes, and mist. OLD can develop under various occupational situations. Therefore, occupational history should be considered when evaluating respiratory symptoms. Once OLD is developed, it may not be treated and may even progress after exposure to the causative agents has stopped. The best ways to treat OLD are prevention and early detection by controlling the working environment and conducting regular surveillance of workers. Common OLDs in Korea are coal worker's pneumoconiosis, asbestos-related diseases, and occupational asthma. Recent aspects of these common OLDs in Korea will be described based on recently published studies.


Occupational Diseases; Asbestosis; Pneumoconiosis; Asthma
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