Diagnosis of pigeon breeder's disease by indirect immunofluorescence on sections of pigeon oviduct

Authors


Pr. Ag. J.M. Pinon, Laboratory of Parasitology-Mycology, Hôpital Maison Blanche C.H.U., 51092 Reims Cedex, France.

Summary

A new technique by indirect immunofluorescence on sections of pigeon oviduct, is described as an aid to diagnosis of pigeon breeder's disease. It is easy to do, inexpensive, and permits distinction between affected patients and exposed but unaffected persons. The main allergen, pigeon IgA, participates in the fluorescent responses of the mucous membrane and associated secretions. It has been possible to relate changes in antibody titre with improvement following treatment.

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