Topic: lung problem

Has anyone heard of any lung disease caused by playing the oboe? My doctor was curious if there is any kind of fungus or anything else associated with reed making or playing oboe that could cause obstuctive lung disease.

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Re: lung problem

I am not aware of any respiratory disease that coupld be caused by playing oboe. Nothing in the performing arts medicine bibliography supports this statement. Obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema) can occur in many people, and double reeders may acquire it -- but NOT directly related to playing oboe.

Dr. Bill Dawson, bassoonist and teacher
IDRS medical consultant
Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Assoc.
Author of "Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy"

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Re: lung problem

Thanks for the information. I'll let my doctor know. It's still a mystery.

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