Can eosinophilic bronchitis be considered as an occupational disease? Medical certification aspects
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Instytut Medycyny Pracy im. prof. J. Nofera / Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland (Klinika Chorób Zawodowych i Toksykologii, Oddział Chorób Zawodowych / Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology)
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Aneta Kleniewska   

Klinika Chorób Zawodowych i Toksykologii, Oddział Chorób Zawodowych, Instytut Medycyny Pracy w Łodzi im. prof. J. Nofera, ul. św. Teresy 8, 91-348 Łódź
Med Pr 2013;64(4):569–578
Eosinophilic bronchitis (EB) is a condition which can be associated with occupational exposure to low, as well as to high molecular weight allergens. The prevalence of occupational eosinophilic bronchitis is unknown and the data concerning its work-related etiology are available only from the case reports. However, there is a need to establish the principles, especially in the context of medical certification among workers occupationally exposed to allergens. This paper reviews current knowledge on the etiology, clinical features, and diagnostic procedures in the eosinophilic bronchitis. The importance of EB, especially in view of the problems emerging in the prophylactic care taken by occupational health services and the principles of medical certification when occupational etiology is suspected are also presented. Med Pr 2013;64(4):569–578