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Document ID (ISN)108133
CIS number 08-715
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Merget R., Sander I., Rozynek P., Raulf-Heimsoth M., Bruening T.
Title Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to molds in an onion and potato sorter
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.51, No.2, p.117-119. 8 ref.
Abstract A 42-year-old female non-smoking onion and potato sorter developed work-related shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and flu-like symptoms. The diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis was based on patchy infiltrates in both lungs on high resolution computed tomography and lymphocytosis of 71% in a bronchoalveolar lavage sample. Exposure cessation and a brief corticosteroid therapy resulted in complete recovery. IgG antibodies to several kinds of mould cultivated from samples from the patient's workplace were detected in the patient's serum. It is concluded that occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to moulds may develop in onion and potato sorters.
Descriptors (primary) extrinsic allergic alveolitis; moulds; food industry; risk factors; vegetables
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; case study; Germany; symptoms; dyspnoea; serological reactions; transfer to other work; determination in blood; medical treatment; tomography; diagnosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Food industry