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Occupational asthma due to porcine pancreatic amylase.
  1. T C Aiken,
  2. R Ward,
  3. E T Peel,
  4. D J Hendrick
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


    A case of occupational asthma in a 41 year old histopathology laboratory technician attributable to a powder preparation of the porcine pancreatic enzyme amylase is reported. The diagnosis was confirmed by a double blind, placebo controlled, inhalation challenge study which showed immediate and late asthmatic reactions associated with a significant increase in airway responsiveness to methacholine.

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