Diffuse lung disease caused by coiton Fibre inhalation but distinct From byssinosis

Kobayashi, H.; Kanoh, S.; Motoyoshi, K.; Aida, S.
December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p1095
Academic Journal
This article reports that byssinosis is a disease caused by the inhalation of cotton, flax, and hemp fibres while working. A case report is being presented wherein a 66 year old man underwent chest radiography during a health check and diffuse infiltrative opacities were detected in the bases of both lungs. The patient had been involved in the manufacture and repair of futons for 50 years, working at a small futon shop since he was 16 years old. Transbronchial lung biopsy was performed but failed to provide a pathological diagnosis. A video-assisted thoracoscopic biopsy was therefore undertaken with the patient's informed consent and three biopsy specimens were obtained. It is opined that the huge number of workers in industries handling cotton around the world should be more careful about exposure to inhalation of cotton fibres.


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