Tuberc Respir Dis.  1996 Apr;43(2):280-284.

The first case of summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis in Korea

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.


We report the first case of summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis(SHP) in Korea diagnosed by positive serum antibodies to Trichosporon cutaneum. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis(HP) has been commonly classified as an occupational respiratory diseases. However, evidence that sensitizing organisms can also contaminate and cause pulmonary diseases in home environment has been increasing. One such disease is SHP. In Japan, 75% of cases with HP are SHP. Even though there has been no known SHP case in Korea yet, there has been high possibility of SHPs in Korea because our country has areas which have hot and humid summer climate similar to Japan. This first case of SHP in Korea suggests that there may be another cases in Korea and nation-wide survey may be required. We report here the first confirmed case of SHP in Korea.


summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis; Trichosporon cutaneum; Korea
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