Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
versión impresa ISSN 1137-6627
MICHEL DE LA ROSA, F. J. y FERNANDEZ INFANTE, B.. Other obstructive diseases: byssinosis, chronic bronchitis and occupational COPD and eosinophilic bronchitis. Anales Sis San Navarra [online]. 2005, vol.28, suppl.1, pp.73-81. ISSN 1137-6627.
Besides occupational asthma and diseases derived from acute inhalation, other obstructive diseases also have an occupational origin. Although at present byssinosis is a rare disease in Spain, we describe its characteristics because of its historical interest amongst occupational respiratory diseases and because it is still relevant in developing countries. Chronic bronchitis can also be related to exposure at work to dust and smoke, and is often referred to as "industrial bronchitis". Historically, the relation of CPOD to occupation has been subject to controversy, but nowadays this relationship is accepted; we describe the present evidence supporting this relationship. Finally, we describe eosinophilic bronchitis without asthma, an entity that was described for the first time in 1989 and that can sometimes have an occupational origin, sharing aetiological agents with occupational asthma.
Palabras clave : Byssinosis; Chronic bronchitis; COPD; Eosinophilic bronchitis; Occupational diseases.