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A case of indirect exposure to cat at school.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14635509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Indirect exposure to cat allergens may exacerbate asthma in sensitized subjects. We report a case of a 13-year-old girl referred to our Unit for cough, dyspnea, wheezing, chest tightness, nasal itching and obstruction during the past six months, with improvement during summer holidays. Skin prick tests were positive for cat and Alternaria alternata. She had no cats at home. Spirometry was normal and methacoline bronchial challenge was negative. PEF monitoring showed a mean value of 80% of the predicted value with a variability higher than 20% in a few occasions. At a follow up visit PEF recording showed an increase of 80 litres/min during a 2 weeks Christmas holidays, and a subsequent reduction after being back at school. At a further questioning we found that in her class there was a girl who owned 23 cats. It is likely that PEF and symptoms in our patient were affected by indirect cat exposure at school.
M Ferrari; L Perfetti; G Moscato
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1122-0643     ISO Abbreviation:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Publication Date:    2003 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-25     Completed Date:  2004-01-09     Revised Date:  2008-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9307314     Medline TA:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Scuola di Specializazione in Medicina del Lavoro II, Sezione di Medicina del Lavoro e Medicina Preventiva dei Lavoratori, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / etiology*,  immunology
Environmental Exposure

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