Anees W, Huggins V, Pavord ID, Robertson AS, Burge PS, Occupational Asthma Due To Low Molecular Weight Agents : Eosinophilic And Non-Eosinophilic Variants, Thorax, 2002;57:231-236,

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Study aimed to determine sputum cellular profile of workers with occupational asthma induced by low molecular agents and to relate this to physiological measures of airway obstruction. Despite having work-related deterioration in peak expiratory flow (PEF), many workers with occupational asthma show low degree of within day diurnal variability atypical of non-OA. Authors conclude that asthma caused by low molecular weight agents can be separated into eosinophilic & non-eosinophilic patho-physiological variants with latter predominating (24/38 had no eosinophils on sputum induction). Both groups had evidence of sputum neutrophilia. Sputum eosinophilia was associated with more severe disease and greater bronchodilator reversibility but no difference in PEF response to work exposure.

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