Occupational asthma due to deer dander

Dong Ho Nahm, Jung Won Park, Chein Soo Hong

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Background: The literature on allergy to deer is limited. The allergenic component remains to be identified. Methods: We report a case of occupational asthma and rhinitis caused by deer dander. A 44-year-old male farmer had raised three red deer on his farm for 2 years, prior to occurrence of asthmatic symptoms. Dander extract was prepared from the patient's deer. Results: Skin-prick test elicited positive reactions to dander extracts from goat, sheep, camel, and cow as well as to deer dander extract. Bronchoprovocation test with deer dander extract elicited an early asthmatic response. Serum-specific IgE antibody to the deer dander extract was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Sodium dodecyl sulphate- polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and immunoblot analysis showed five IgE binding components (110, 72, 59, 45, and 21 kilodalton) within the deer dander extract. Conclusions: These results suggest that deer dander can induce occupational asthma through an IgE-mediated mechanism in a farmer raising deer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-426
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996 May

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Funding Information:
From the Division of Allergy, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Supported by Faculty Grant from Yonsei University College of Medicine. Received for publication August 29, 1995. Accepted for publication in revised form December 11, 1995.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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