General Guideline Principles for Key Concepts of Occupational
Interstitial Lung Disease for workers compensation patients

The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Key Concepts of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease.

These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Latency of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease

The period of time between the first exposure and the emergence of symptoms or a clinical diagnosis is known as latency. Since most occupational ILDs have a lengthy latency period, the concept of latency is crucial in this context.

Comorbidities of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), asbestos exposure is linked to an elevated risk for laryngeal, ovarian, mesothelioma (involving pleural or peritoneal serosal membranes), and lung, mesothelioma, and mesothelioma.

According to other research, asbestos exposure may be linked to an increase in malignancies of the pharynx, stomach,colon, and kidney. The risk of airway disease has also been linked to asbestos exposure.

  • CWP is linked to a higher chance of developing autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (also known as “Caplan’s syndrome”). Therefore, individuals with CWP may develop systemic clinical symptoms and related autoimmune illnesses. Additionally linked to risk for airway disease is CWP.

  • Additionally, silicosis raises the risk of pulmonary tuberculosis, autoimmune disorders, kidney problems, and airway diseases. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer as well, though the connection is not as strong as it is for asbestos exposure.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation injuries

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.

We are orthopedic surgeons and do not treat chest diseases. We will refer you to someone in your area who does treat respiratory symptoms.


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