The effect of cessation of exposure to toluene diisocyanate (TDI) was studied in six patients with TDI-induced asthma, proved by a positive inhalation challenge with TDI. Bronchial challenges with TDI and methacholine were performed, and lobar bronchial biopsies were taken at diagnosis and 6 months later, after cessation of exposure. Biopsies from four nonasthmatic control subjects were also examined. At diagnosis, asthmatic subjects had thickened reticular basement membrane (p less than 0.05) and increased numbers of mononuclear cells (p less than 0.05) and eosinophils (p less than 0.05) in the lamina propria when compared with control subjects. Electron microscopy showed degranulation of eosinophils and mast cells in asthmatics. Six months after cessation of exposure, the thickness of reticular basement membrane was significantly reduced compared with that at diagnosis (p less than 0.05), and it decreased to values similar to those of control biopsies. Inflammatory cell numbers in bronchial mucosa of asthmatic subjects did not change significantly 6 months after removal from exposure, and degranulation of eosinophils and mast cells was still present. At the end of the study, airway hyperresponsiveness to methacholine and/or s...Continue Reading
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Allergy and Asthma
Allergy and asthma are inflammatory disorders that are triggered by the activation of an allergen-specific regulatory t cell. These t cells become activated when allergens are recognized by allergen-presenting cells. Here is the latest research on allergy and asthma.