JOHN E. SALVAGGIO, M.D.; HOWARD A. BUECHNER, M.D.; JOHN H. SEABURY, M.D.; PIERRE ARQUEMBOURG, M.D.
Bagassosis is an acute respiratory disease that primarily affects workers who handle bales of "bagasse" or dried sugar cane fiber. The disease was first recognized by Blitz in 1937 (1), and since that time nearly 400 cases have been described or mentioned in the world literature (2). The clinical picture is characterized by dyspnea, fever, cough, chills, weakness, anorexia, weight loss, and at times chest pain and hemoptysis, appearing hours or weeks after exposure. Upon repeated contact with bagasse, symptoms reappear and may be associated with prolonged disability and even death.
The disease has occurred with greater frequency in recent
SALVAGGIO JE, BUECHNER HA, SEABURY JH, et al. Bagassosis: I. Precipitins Against Extracts of Crude Bagasse in the Serum of Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1966;64:748–758. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-64-4-748
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(4):748-758.
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