[Occupational asthma caused by inhalation of cuttlefish bone dust]

Med Lav. Sep-Oct 1989;80(5):425-8.
[Article in Italian]


This report describes a new case of occupational asthma in a goldsmith. A 25-year-old female suffered attacks of urticaria and asthma at each exposure to the dust of cuttle-fish bone used to polish gold jewellery. A specific occupational bronchial provocation challenge showed a dual asthmatic response with a maximum fall in FEV1 of 26% of the baseline value after 6 hours. A prick-test with crude cuttle-fish bone dust in glycerin 10% also gave a positive response.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Asthma / chemically induced*
  • Bone and Bones*
  • Bronchial Provocation Tests
  • Dust / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mollusca
  • Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Skin Tests


  • Dust