Occupational lung disease laboratory findings

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hadeel Maksoud M.D.[2]


There are no diagnostic laboratory findings associated with occupational lung disease. However, useful laboratory findings consistent with the diagnosis of occupational lung disease include abnormal arterial blood gases, sputum analysis, and blood picture.

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