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Extrinsic allergic alveolitis 

Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
Extrinsic allergic alveolitis

D.J. Hendrick

and G.P. Spickett


July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 15 October 2021

Extrinsic allergic alveolitis is an uncommon inflammatory disorder of the lungs that results from hypersensitivity responses to inhaled environmental agents. Most varieties are occupational in origin, but sporadic cases arise in domestic settings or from recreational activities. Causal agents chiefly comprise allergenic microbial spores that contaminate stored vegetable produce (e.g. farmer’s lung caused by ...

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