Ramon Orriols, PhD; Josep-Maria Manresa, MD; Joan-Lluis Aliaga, MD; Rosa Codina, MB; Maria-José Rodrigo, PhD; Ferran Morell, PhD
The shells of certain mollusks, as well as oyster shells, sea-snail shells, and others, provide the raw material used to manufacture nacre products. Weiss and Baur (1) suggested in 1987 a previously undescribed form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in a single person who was exposed to the dust of pearl-oyster shells during the manufacture of various ornaments. We describe the first two patients suffering from hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by the inhalation of dust produced during the manufacture of nacre buttons from sea-snail shells.
Two nonsmoking women were employed to saw and cut sea-snail shells into disks that were
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Orriols R, Manresa J, Aliaga J, Codina R, Rodrigo M, Morell F. Mollusk Shell Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:80-81. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-1-80
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(1):80-81.
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