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S Afr Med J. 1990 Jan 20;77(2):104-7.

Summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis in southern Africa. A report of 5 cases in one family.

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  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Mdantsane, Ciskei.


Five patients, from a family of 8 who all lived in the same house, developed chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The 4 patients followed up showed features strikingly similar to summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis, previously thought unique to Japan. The clinical setting and limited immunological investigations suggest the cause to be a bacterial or fungal growth in the roof of the house.

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