This abstract discusses a study conducted to investigate patients with multiple health complaints that were due to mold exposure in water-damaged buildings. Authors present data on symptoms; clinical chemistries; abnormalities in pulmonary function; alterations in T, B, and NK cells; and the presence of autoantibodies. About 200 adults were examined and tested through physical exams, blood tests, urine and fecal cultures, thyroid function tests, and a 13- item autoimmune panel, among others.
When compared with controls, those who were exposed to mold reported a greater frequency and intensity of symptoms, particularly neurological and inflammatory symptoms. In addition, the results indicated an increased risk for autoimmunity in those exposed to mold. The authors conclude that “exposure to mixed molds and their associated mycotoxins in water-damaged buildings leads to multiple health problems involving the CNS and the immune system, in addition to pulmonary effects and allergies. Mold exposure also initiates inflammatory processes.” Mixed mold mycotoxicosis is the term the authors propose for the multisystem illness they observed in these mold-exposed patients.
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Authors: Aristo Vojdani, Jack D. Thrasher, Roberta A. Madison, Michael R. Gray, Andrew W. Campbell
Published in Archives of Environmental Health 2003 Jul; 58(7):410-20