Serologic studies in farmer's lung.
Wenzel-FJ; Gray-RL; Roberts-RC; Emanuel-DA
Am Rev Respir Dis 1974 Apr; 109(4):464-468
Two separate studies are conducted to determine the incidence of antibodies to different isolates of the thermophilic actinomycetes in patients with farmer's lung. Micropolyspora-faeni accounts for slightly more than one-half of the sensitization, but sensitivity to more than one antigen is also seen. The most frequent combination is M-faeni and Thermomonospora-viridis. It also appears that Thermoactinomyces-vulgaris strains differ in antigenicity. Three strains of T-vulgaris tested differ, and currently all are in use as test reagents. The recommendation is made that testing for farmer's lung, particularly on a screening basis, include as a minimum, M- faeni, T-vulgaris (3 strains), T-viridis, Thermoactinomyces- sacchari, and the "air conditioner microorganism."
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Screening-methods; Serology; Immunological-tests; Hematology; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Allergies; Fungi
Internal Medicine Marshfield Clinic Foundation 510 North St Joseph Ave Marshfield, Wis 54449
American Review of Respiratory Disease
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