Dr. Schiffman received his B.S. degree with High Honors in biology from Hobart College in 1976. He then moved to Chicago where he studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He attended Rush Medical College where he received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
What are the symptoms of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
Symptoms of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis include:
Shortness of breath
Chronic disease is believed to occur after prolonged low grade exposure to the offending particles.
It is sometimes quite surprising that individuals with a passion for their
hobbies or occupation will continue to allow exposure to lung damage (if the
offending particles are related to the hobby or job) despite the knowledge that
it is harmful.
What are examples of hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
Examples of hypersensitivity pneumonitis include:
Farmer's lung disease from exposure to mold spores in hay
Pigeon breeder's disease from exposure to protein particles in
Sauna takers' disease from exposure to mold growing in wet
Mushroom workers' disease from exposure to moldy compost
Bagassosis from exposure to moldy sugar cane
Winemaker's lung from exposure to a fungus on grapes called
An unusual case was published involving a case of hypersensitivity to
Canadian goose droppings. The individual was a physician who was exposed
to both indoor and outdoor antigens while living in a suburban Illinois
community. One can only imagine the tremendous detective work necessary to
make this diagnosis.
A more detailed analysis is listed in the table, which includes the
types of compounds, bacteria, and molds known to cause hypersensitivity
Some Types, Antigens and Exposures That Have Been Identified