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Farming-related respiratory illnesses a concern

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The patient's medical history indicated that she worked on a farm, but it still took months for doctors to put two and two together and realize her breathing problems were work-related.

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It's a scenario that Dr. Steven Kirkhorn sees far too often.

"All those months she was misdiagnosed," said Kirkhorn, who is medical director of the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, Wis.

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