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Pulmonary calcification and skin sensitivities to tuberculin, histoplasmin and coccidioidin among Polynesians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  5297552     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary calcifications are fairly common in Western Samoa, but they cannot be attributed entirely to tuberculosis, since they are also produced by certain systemic mycoses and parasitic infestations. Furthermore, in many tropical areas, skin sensitivity to tuberculin is often due to certain unidentified weak sensitizing agents, rather than to the usual virulent tubercle bacilli.Skin sensitivity to histoplasmin and coccidioidin is absent in both Western Samoa and the Tokelau Islands; consequently, pulmonary calcifications found in these places cannot be attributed to either histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis.Both Western Samoans and Tokelauans exhibit non-specific reactions to tuberculin throughout their lives, but these reactions are clearer and more distinct in groups aged 15 years or more.The prevalence of non-specific sensitivity to tuberculin should be investigated further.
E S Han
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the World Health Organization     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0042-9686     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull. World Health Organ.     Publication Date:  1966  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1967-04-22     Completed Date:  1967-04-22     Revised Date:  2010-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507052     Medline TA:  Bull World Health Organ     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  527-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Calcinosis / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Coccidioidomycosis / immunology*
Histoplasmin / diagnostic use*
Infant, Newborn
Lung Diseases / epidemiology*
Pacific Islands
Skin Tests*
Tuberculin Test*
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