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Diagnostic Problems in Hypersensitivity Lung Disease

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Hypersensitivity Lung Disease (HLD) includes Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP), IgE triggered asthma and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). HP and ABPA are neither common nor rare. Both are important to diagnose as they can result in progressive irreversible lung damage. Serologic tests are useful in diagnosing or excluding HP and ABPA although the diagnostic skill of the physician is of prime importance. We report eight cases which were diagnostic problems in which the initial serologic examinations were incorrect. The diagnostician must be aware of both the clinical possibility of the HLD but also of the possibility or probability that the serologic report is not correct.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 1989

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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