[Use of precipitins in the diagnosis of bird fancier's lung: apropos of 2 cases].Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1989 Jul 22; 119(29):1005-9.SM
Bird breeder's disease is a frequent diagnosis among the forms of extrinsic allergic alveolitis seen in the urban environment. We report two illustrative cases and discuss the respective roles of broncho-alveolar lavage cells and precipitating antibodies against avian antigens in the diagnostic work-up and the pathogenesis of the disease. In 1988 we evaluated over 100 sera from all over Switzerland with clinical suspicion of bird breeder's disease. In this cohort preliminary results show sensitivity of 85% and specificity of 92% for the presence of precipitins against avian antigens in the diagnosis of bird breeder's disease. The results suggest that this non-invasive test deserves revaluation as a diagnostic tool in bird breeder's disease.