Chemical Worker's Lung Questions & Answers

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Shakeel Amanullah, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is chemical worker's lung?

Which structures of the lung are affected by chemical worker's lung?

How does chemical worker's lung affect airway structures?

How does chemical worker's lung affect lung parenchyma?

What is the pulmonary pathophysiology of chemical worker's lung?

What causes lung cancer in patients with chemical worker's lung?

What causes chemical worker's lung?

What is the prevalence of chemical worker's lung?

What is the prognosis of chemical worker's lung?

What are the possible complications of chemical worker's lung?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of chemical worker's lung?

Which physical findings are characteristic of chemical worker's lung?

DDX

Which condition are included in the differential diagnoses of chemical worker's lung?

What are the differential diagnoses for Chemical Worker's Lung?

Workup

How is chemical worker's lung diagnosed?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of chemical worker's lung?

What are the NCCN guidelines for lung cancer screening?

What is the role of pulmonary function tests in the workup of chemical worker's lung?

What is the role of cardiac testing in the workup of chemical worker's lung?

What is the role of lung biopsy in the workup of chemical worker's lung?

How is chemical worker's lung staged?

Treatment

How is chemical worker's lung treated?

When is referral to a pulmonologist indicated for the treatment of chemical worker's lung?

Which medications are used in the treatment of chemical worker's lung?

When is lung transplantation indicated in the treatment of chemical worker's lung?

How is chemical worker's lung prevented?