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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.
- Laboratory findings consistent with the diagnosis of occupational lung disease include:
- Abnormal ABG
- Abnormal sputum analysis
- Peak flow assessment
- May be below normal range which is 100 liters/minute for men, and 80 liters/minute for women
- Bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage
- May reveal mineral dust
- Tuberculin skin test
- To test for tuberculosis, and induration > 5mm is positive
- Stool examination for occult blood
- May indicate colorectal carcinoma
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