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Grain Dust and Health. II. Early Diagnosis in Occupational Pulmonary Disease

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Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Canada

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(1):134-135. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-1-134
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Evidence presented at the first workshop, that on host factors (see summary in the June issue, Ann Intern Med 88:840-841, 1978), suggested that workmen employed in the cereal grain industry may be at risk to develop an obstructive pulmonary disease. If obstruction occurs at the level of the small airways in advance of that which takes place in the large airways, such obstruction might be identified at an early stage. Several tests of lung function have recently been developed that are thought to detect peripheral airways obstruction. The purpose of this workshop was to review the value of these tests


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