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Vellore AD, Moore VC, Robertson AS, Robertson W, Jaakkola MS, Burge PS, Specific bronchial challenge testing to metal working fluid, Eur Respir J Suppl, 2006;28:245s,

Keywords: SIC, challenge, UK, metal-working fluid, HP, OA

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Sherwood Burge, Oasys Sherwood Burge

Vicky Moore, Oasys Vicky Moore

Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital Alastair Robertson

Arun Dev Vellore, Oasys Arun Dev Vellore

Maritta Jaakkola, Oulu University Finland Maritta Jaakkola

Wendy Robertson, Public Health, Warwick University Wendy Robertson

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Last year we reported an outbreak of 80 workers with occupational asthma and 22 with extrinsic allergic alveolitis from a car engine manufacturing plant. The cause was unclear, but aerosols from metal working fluids and washers were postulated, although endotoxin levels and microbial growth was very low. We now report specific bronchial provocation testing in two workers, one with evidence of alveolitis, and one with occupational asthma alone.

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