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Clin Chest Med. 2012 Dec;33(4):617-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2012.08.004.

Work-exacerbated asthma.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Allergy Section, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Northport, NY 11768, USA.


A task force of the American Thoracic Society has defined work-exacerbated asthma (WEA) as the worsening of asthma caused by conditions at work. Occupational asthma (OA) is asthma that is initiated by occupational exposures in people without prior asthma. In contrast, WEA is asthma (already present or coincident [new onset]) that is worsened because of conditions at work. This difference is critical because asthma is a common disease (present in approximately 7% of working adults). Among working adults with asthma, approximately 20% may have WEA. WEA has potential implications regarding asthma morbidity, health care use, and the economy.

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