What is included in the monitoring 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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The diagnosis can be established on an outpatient basis with a carefully taken history regarding exposure, especially occupational exposure.

Chest radiography, pulmonary function testing, and lung scanning may be appropriate, depending on the clinical stage.

Treatment should begin with an oral corticosteroid for a lengthy period. Patients should remain in mold-free environments. An additional option of an inhaled corticosteroid or bronchodilator can be considered. In chronic stage disease, patients may need oxygen to avoid hypoxemia.

Pulmonary function should be tested on each clinic visit, which should occur every 3 months.


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