A methodological overview is provided on the important question of how to confirm occupational asthma in routine work.
Recent knowledge gained in immunology and occupational allergy has been utilized, supplemented by an overview of recent publications on the diagnosis and pathophysiology of occupational asthma.
The aim of the paper is to facilitate decision making for an investigator dealing with individual cases of occupational asthma.
Moreover, by presenting stepping-stones in the diagnostic cascade, the author hopes to encourage the less experienced to conduct a comprehensive and cause-oriented diagnostic procedure.
Methods which are being worked on at present (standardization) are discussed in more detail.
Finally, the research goals in the understanding, confirmation, and prevention of occupational asthma are listed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie professionnelle, Médecine travail, Diagnostic, Asthme, Allergie, Homme, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Bronchopneumopathie obstructive, Immunopathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational disease, Occupational medicine, Diagnosis, Asthma, Allergy, Human, Respiratory disease, Obstructive pulmonary disease, Immunopathology
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