Acute exposure to biomass smoke causes oxygen desaturation in adult women

Om P Kurmi, Santosh Gaihre, Sean Semple, Jon G Ayres

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Long-term exposure to biomass fuel smoke indoors is causally associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)1 but the effect of acute exposures has not been studied. Should acute effects occur, this might increase the risk of an exacerbation of pre-existing lung disease. We studied acute changes in lung function and oxygen saturation in individuals exposed regularly to biomass smoke in Nepal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-725
Number of pages2
Issue number8
Early online date20 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011

Bibliographical note

We are extremely grateful to Pradeep Raj Dali for his help in the selection of the sampling locations and coordinating with the house members. We would like to thanks all the participants for taking part in this study.


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