Idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage

Does Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) cause acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants?

One study of a geographical cluster of ten infants tied Idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage to contaminants in the home related to mold and water damage.

Matched analysis demonstrated that case infants’ homes were more likely to have had water damage preceding the pulmonary hemorrhage event (odds ratio, 16.25; 95% confidence interval, 2.55 to ∞). Case infants were also more likely to have had close relatives with pulmonary hemorrhage (odds ratio, 33.14; 95% confidence interval, 5.10 to ∞). In addition, 50.0% of case infants experienced recurrent pulmonary hemorrhaging after returning to their homes.

An investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found an association with household exposure to a toxigenic mold, Stachybotrys chartarum.


Work Cited:

  • Environmental Risk Factors Associated With Pediatric Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemorrhage and Hemosiderosis in a Cleveland Community
  • OverviewofInvestigationsintoPulmonaryHemorrhageamong Infants inCleveland,Ohio

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