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[Bird fancier's lung--an allergic alveolitis].
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2005 May 19; 125(10):1341-3.TN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Bird fancier's lung is globally the second most frequent cause of extrinsic allergic alveolitis.

MATERIAL

For many years, the patient had influenza-like symptoms and developed progressing pulmonary fibrosis. Over a period of 10 years she had been exposed to up to 43 birds in the house at any one time and serum precipitates against avian proteins had been found. After sanitation of the house of birds and avian proteins, the pulmonary function has not deteriorated further in 5 years.

INTERPRETATION

A thorough environmental history is essential in the diagnosis of extrinsic allergic alveolitis; at an earlier stage it would have made us think about this possible etiological factor. This could have prevented the development of permanent pulmonary fibrosis if the patient had been advised to avoid further exposure to antigens. There should be greater awareness of this disease among general practitioners as well as among chest consultants in Norway.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Lungeavdelingen, Haukeland Universitetssykehus, 5021 Bergen. alka@helse-bergen.noNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

nor

PubMed ID

15909008

Citation

Al-Azawy, Kahtan, et al. "[Bird Fancier's Lung--an Allergic Alveolitis]." Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening : Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Raekke, vol. 125, no. 10, 2005, pp. 1341-3.
Al-Azawy K, Gulsvik A, Ruud A. [Bird fancier's lung--an allergic alveolitis]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2005;125(10):1341-3.
Al-Azawy, K., Gulsvik, A., & Ruud, A. (2005). [Bird fancier's lung--an allergic alveolitis]. Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening : Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Raekke, 125(10), 1341-3.
Al-Azawy K, Gulsvik A, Ruud A. [Bird Fancier's Lung--an Allergic Alveolitis]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2005 May 19;125(10):1341-3. PubMed PMID: 15909008.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Bird fancier's lung--an allergic alveolitis]. AU - Al-Azawy,Kahtan, AU - Gulsvik,Amund, AU - Ruud,Arild, PY - 2005/5/24/pubmed PY - 2005/6/9/medline PY - 2005/5/24/entrez SP - 1341 EP - 3 JF - Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke JO - Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen VL - 125 IS - 10 N2 - BACKGROUND: Bird fancier's lung is globally the second most frequent cause of extrinsic allergic alveolitis. MATERIAL: For many years, the patient had influenza-like symptoms and developed progressing pulmonary fibrosis. Over a period of 10 years she had been exposed to up to 43 birds in the house at any one time and serum precipitates against avian proteins had been found. After sanitation of the house of birds and avian proteins, the pulmonary function has not deteriorated further in 5 years. INTERPRETATION: A thorough environmental history is essential in the diagnosis of extrinsic allergic alveolitis; at an earlier stage it would have made us think about this possible etiological factor. This could have prevented the development of permanent pulmonary fibrosis if the patient had been advised to avoid further exposure to antigens. There should be greater awareness of this disease among general practitioners as well as among chest consultants in Norway. SN - 0807-7096 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15909008/[Bird_fancier's_lung__an_allergic_alveolitis]_ L2 - http://tidsskriftet.no/article/1191858 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -