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July 1, 1968

Recurrent Pneumonitis With Hypersensitivity to Hen Litter

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics (Drs. Korn and Gribetz), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Division of Pediatrics, North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, NY.

JAMA. 1968;205(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140270068018

Severe recurrent pneumonitis occurred in a 6-year-old city boy who lived near a market in which live chickens were sold. His pulmonary disease improved when he was removed from the area. He was shown to have precipitins to an antigen prepared from hen litter. These antibodies decreased as he improved.