hypersensitivity pneumonitis

hypersensitivity pneumonitis
a respiratory hypersensitivity reaction to repeated inhalation of organic particles, usually in an occupational setting, with onset a few hours after exposure to the allergen. Characteristics include fever, fatigue, chills, unproductive cough, tachycardia, and tachypnea; in the chronic form there is interstitial fibrosis with collagenous thickening of the alveolar septa. There are many specific types (see table). Called also allergic or extrinsic allergic alveolitis.

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