Hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to molds in a saxophone player

Chest. 2010 Sep;138(3):724-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.09-2991.


This 48-year-old patient was evaluated for an interstitial pneumonia. An open-lung biopsy showed a pattern of nonspecific interstitial pneumonia. The CT scan appearance, showing mosaic ground-glass opacities in the ventilated parts of the lung, the centrolobular predominance of inflammation on the lung sections, and the presence of a lymphocytic alveolitis at BAL suggested a hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The patient was a white-collar worker and had no contact with pets, birds, drugs, or molds at home. He used to play the saxophone as a hobby. Two molds, Ulocladium botrytis and Phoma sp, were detected in the saxophone. Precipitating antibodies to these molds were present in his serum. An additional study confirmed the frequent colonization of saxophones with potentially pathogenic molds, such as Fusarium sp, Penicillium sp, and Cladosporium sp. Respiratory physicians should be aware of the risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in saxophone or perhaps other wind instrument players.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / diagnosis*
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / microbiology*
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / therapy
  • Botrytis*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / microbiology*
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music*
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / microbiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / therapy