AuthorRivera, Benjamin Dean
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractArsenic (As) is a ubiquitous element which is known to cause malignant (cancer) and nonmalignant lung diseases. Nevertheless, recent epidemiological studies have determined that even chronic exposure to arsenic at levels below the World Health Organization accepted limit (<10ug/L may increase the risk of nonmalignant diseases. This review examines the effect of chronic arsenic exposure on the lungs which result in various diseases such as COPD, bronchiectasis, and respiratory infections. Moreover, this review examines possible mechanisms of these pathologies, although much work remains to be done in this area.
Degree ProgramHonors College