Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
Article first published online: 19 APR 2006
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 262–268, May 2006
How to Cite
ISMAIL, T., MCSHARRY, C. and BOYD, G. (2006), Extrinsic allergic alveolitis. Respirology, 11: 262–268. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2006.00839.x
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2006
- Received 1 August 2005; invited to revise 9 September 2005; revised 28 November 2005; accepted 29 November 2005 (Associate Editor: YC Gary Lee).
- extrinsic allergic alveolitis;
- hypersensitivity pneumonitis;
Abstract: Extrinsic allergic alveolitis (also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis) is caused by repeated inhalation of mainly organic antigens by sensitized subjects. This induces a hypersensitivity response in the distal bronchioles and alveoli and subjects may present clinically with a variety of symptoms. The aims of this review are to describe the current concepts of the immunological response, the diverse clinical presentation of this disease, the relevant investigations and management, and areas for future studies.