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Friday, September 12 • 1:50pm - 2:50pm
B014 Occupational Lung Disease (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

The presentation provides an overview of occupational lung disease with a particular focus on occupational asthma. Discussion includes the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, clinical evaluation (PFTs, chest x-rays and bronchodilator challenge,) common asthmagens encountered in the workplace and pulmonary response. Participants will improve their clinical evaluation of patients with occupational asthma (asthma either caused by or exacerbated by workplace exposures) and be able to identify workplace exposures generally associated with occupational asthma, such as inhaling chemicals, gases, fumes, dusts and solvents, or workplace factors such as high humidity and extreme temperature.



  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
  2. Discuss the tools available to evaluate pulmonary function and impairment.
  3. Differentiate common organic and non-organic occupational lung diseases.
  4. Describe the clinical evaluation of asthma in the workplace. 

avatar for Douglas A. Swift, , M.D., M.S.P.H.

Douglas A. Swift, , M.D., M.S.P.H.

Douglas A. Swift is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and he is the Co-Medical Director of East Jefferson Occupational Medicine Clinic. Dr. Swift has over 30 years of experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine and has been involved in numerous studies... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Nottoway Room 4/F