Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

  • Medical Author:
    George Schiffman, MD, FCCP

    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.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    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.

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What is the treatment for hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

The most important treatment of hypersensitivity pneumonitis is avoidance of repeated exposures to the offending particles. With early diagnosis and prevention, the prognosis is good. Prolonged, repeated exposures can lead to permanent lung damage, scarring, and potentially significant disability.

Medically reviewed by James E. Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCES:

Rose, CS, Lara AR. Hypersenstivity pneumonia In: Mason RJ, Broadus VC, Martin TR, et al. Eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa; Saunders Elsevier; 2010; Chap 66.

Saltoun, et. al. Hypersensitivity pneyonitis resulting from community exposure to Cadada goose droppings when an exteran environmental antigen becomes an indoor environmental antigen. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Vol 84 Issue 1; Pgs 84-86 January 2000.

Takahashi, et. al. Serum Kl-6 Concentrations in Dairy Farmers. Chest. August 2000, vol. 118 no. 2 445-450.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2016

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