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Work-related lung disease

Work-related lung conditions are caused or made worse by materials in your workplace

About

Repeated and long-term exposure to certain irritants on the job can lead to an array of lung diseases that may have lasting effects, even after exposure ceases. Certain occupations, because of the nature of their location, work, and environment, are more at risk for occupational lung diseases than others.

Need to know

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    Symptoms will depend on each individual but may include: - coughing - shortness of breath - chest pain - chest tightness - abnormal breathing pattern. The symptoms of occupational lung diseases may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Your consultant will be able to advise you.
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    You'll be given an initial chest X-ray or CT scan for a clinical diagnosis. Additional tests may be performed to determine the type and severity of the lung disease, including: - pulmonary function tests - microscopic examination from biopsy or autopsy of tissue, cells, and fluids from the lungs - biochemical and cellular studies of lung fluids - measurement of respiratory or gas exchange functions - examination of airway or bronchial activity.
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    Treatment will be determined by the type and severity of lung disease you are diagnosed with. The best prevention for occupational lung diseases is avoidance of the inhaled substances that cause lung diseases. Recommendations include: - not smoking - wearing proper protective equipment - regular evaluation of lung function - educating workers of the risks of lung disease - regular workplace health and safety checks.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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