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Pigeon breeder's lung in childhood: varied clinical picture at presentation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10922137     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Extrinsic allergic alveolitis occurs rarely in childhood. We present 5 cases and briefly review the literature regarding this condition in the pediatric population. This report includes all cases (n = 5) of extrinsic allergic alveolitis known to have occurred in childhood on Malta. All cases were males, and were initially misdiagnosed as having other respiratory illnesses or mental disturbances. The diagnosis was based on a history of exposure to birds, clinical findings, positive avian precipitins, a restrictive defect on pulmonary function tests, and a suggestive chest X-ray appearance. All were treated with high-dose oral steroids for 3-4 weeks, with excellent response. Although these patients appear to have suffered no long-term sequelae, delayed diagnosis can lead to irreversible pulmonary fibrosis. The diagnosis of extrinsic allergic alveolitis should be entertained early in the differential diagnosis of children presenting with unusual respiratory symptoms and signs.
V Grech; C Vella; H Lenicker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric pulmonology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  8755-6863     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Pulmonol.     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-25     Completed Date:  2000-09-25     Revised Date:  2006-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510590     Medline TA:  Pediatr Pulmonol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Paediatric Department, St. Luke's Hospital, Guardamangia, Malta.
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MeSH Terms
Bird Fancier's Lung / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Diagnosis, Differential
Radiography, Thoracic
Respiratory Function Tests

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