pituitary snuff lung

pituitary snuff lung

a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis that sometimes occurs among users of pituitary snuff. The antigens to which the hypersensitivity reaction occurs are found in serum proteins of cows and pigs and in pituitary tissue. Symptoms of the acute form of the disease include chills, cough, fever, dyspnea, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting. The chronic form of the disease is characterized by fatigue, chronic cough, weight loss, and dyspnea on exercise. Also called pituitary snuff takers' disease.
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