Which physical findings are characteristic of mold-related extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA)?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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EAA may occur in an acute, intermediate, or chronic form.

In the acute stage, patients may have flulike illness accompanied by coughing and undue breathlessness hours after exposure. Malaise, fever, chills, widespread aches and pains, anorexia, and tiredness may also be present.

In the chronic form, EAA is a slowly progressive illness causing undue breathlessness, dry cough but no wheeze, possible weight loss, and, in rare cases, clubbing. Patients gradually have respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, or right heart failure.


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