When is inpatient care indicated in the treatment 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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In the acute stage, inpatient care may be needed to establish the diagnosis. Otherwise, patients are likely to be seen regularly in the outpatient setting. However, as the disease continues to advance and respiratory function is compromised further, and with superimposed infection, the chance of inpatient care steadily increases. This is more apparent with change of heart condition, such as development of cor pulmonale or right heart failure. Whether these patients are candidates for lung transplantation remains uncertain.


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