[Salami and extrinsic allergic alveolitis: a new occupational disease in Switzerland]

Soz Praventivmed. 1992;37(6):263-7. doi: 10.1007/BF01299131.
[Article in French]


The authors report a case of extrinsic allergic alveolitis in a patient working in an industrial butchery where she is involved in the preparation of dry sausages. The molds proliferating at the surface of these sausages, molds from the Penicillium family, are responsible for the disease. The respective value of laboratory tests such as the presence of precipitating antibodies and the analysis of the cellularity of the bronchoalveolar lavage are discussed. Whenever a patient presents with clinical symptoms suggestive of extrinsic allergic alveolitis a detailed search for any type of exposure linked to the professional milieu is required, so as to propose adequate modifications in work conditions or work place.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / diagnosis
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / etiology*
  • Antibodies, Fungal / isolation & purification
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / cytology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meat Products / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Penicillium / immunology


  • Antibodies, Fungal