Respiratory effects of long-term exposure to cotton dust

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2003 Mar;9(2):151-5. doi: 10.1097/00063198-200303000-00010.


Traditionally, the concept of cotton dust-related disease focused on acute airway responses. A possible connection of long-term exposure to cotton dust with chronic obstructive airway disease was not addressed until the past two decades. This review summarizes the latest findings relevant to this topic that were observed from longitudinal cohort studies and discusses the relation between acute airway responses and chronic losses of lung function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Byssinosis / epidemiology
  • Byssinosis / etiology*
  • Byssinosis / physiopathology
  • China / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cotton Fiber*
  • Gossypium / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / etiology
  • Textile Industry
  • United States / epidemiology