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Occupational asthma in the commercial fishing industry: a case series and review of the literature

David Lucas, Raymond Lucas, Keith Boniface, Dominique Jegaden, Brice Lodde, Jean-Ariel Dewitte
International Maritime Health 2010;61(1):13-16.

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Vol 61, No 1 (2010)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2010-05-21
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

We present a case series of snow crab-induced occupational asthma (OA) from a fishing and processing vessel, followed by a review of OA in the commercial fishing industry. OA is typically caused from an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reaction after respiratory exposure to aerosolized fish and shellfish proteins. It more commonly occurs due to crustaceans, but molluscs and fin fish are implicated as well. Standard medical therapy for asthma may be used acutely; however, steps to reduce atmospheric allergen concentrations in the workplace have proven to be preventive for this disease.
Int Marit Health 2010; 61, 1: 13-17

Abstract

We present a case series of snow crab-induced occupational asthma (OA) from a fishing and processing vessel, followed by a review of OA in the commercial fishing industry. OA is typically caused from an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reaction after respiratory exposure to aerosolized fish and shellfish proteins. It more commonly occurs due to crustaceans, but molluscs and fin fish are implicated as well. Standard medical therapy for asthma may be used acutely; however, steps to reduce atmospheric allergen concentrations in the workplace have proven to be preventive for this disease.
Int Marit Health 2010; 61, 1: 13-17
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Occupational asthma in the commercial fishing industry: a case series and review of the literature

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International Maritime Health

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Vol 61, No 1 (2010)

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13-16

Published online

2010-05-21

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International Maritime Health 2010;61(1):13-16.

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David Lucas
Raymond Lucas
Keith Boniface
Dominique Jegaden
Brice Lodde
Jean-Ariel Dewitte

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