The long-term effect of a positive pressure respirator on the specific antibody response in pigeon breeders.

@article{Anderson1989TheLE,
  title={The long-term effect of a positive pressure respirator on the specific antibody response in pigeon breeders.},
  author={Keith J. Anderson and A. Walker and G Boyd},
  journal={Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology},
  year={1989},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={
          45-9
        }
}
A group of pigeon fanciers with Pigeon Breeder's Lung wore a positive pressure respirator with a full mask and hood when working with pigeons. Serial measurements of specific IgG antibody to pigeon globulin (ELISA) were made in 22 subjects. Thirteen wore a respirator (monitored over 14 months) and nine did not (monitored over 3 months). Following introduction of the respirator, the serum antibody to pigeon globulin significantly decreased when compared with the non-respirator group. This fall… CONTINUE READING

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