Neurologic and neuropsychiatric syndrome features of mold and mycotoxin exposure

Toxicol Ind Health. 2009 Oct-Nov;25(9-10):577-81. doi: 10.1177/0748233709348393.


Human exposure to molds, mycotoxins, and water-damaged buildings can cause neurologic and neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms. Many of these clinical features can partly mimic or be similar to classic neurologic disorders including pain syndromes, movement disorders, delirium, dementia, and disorders of balance and coordination. In this article, the author delineates the signs and symptoms of a syndrome precipitated by mold and mycotoxin exposure and contrasts and separates these findings neurodiagnostically from known neurologic diseases. This clinical process is designed to further the scientific exploration of the underlying neuropathophysiologic processes and to promote better understanding of effects of mold/mycotoxin/water-damaged buildings on the human nervous system and diseases of the nervous system. It is clear that mycotoxins can affect sensitive individuals, and possibly accelerate underlying neurologic/pathologic processes, but it is crucial to separate known neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders from mycotoxin effects in order to study it properly.

MeSH terms

  • Construction Materials / analysis
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Neurological
  • Environmental Illness / diagnosis
  • Environmental Illness / microbiology*
  • Environmental Illness / physiopathology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / etiology
  • Fungi / isolation & purification
  • Fungi / pathogenicity
  • Fungi / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mycotoxins / adverse effects*
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis
  • Nervous System Diseases / microbiology*
  • Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Management
  • Syndrome
  • Water Microbiology


  • Mycotoxins