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Farmer's Lung Precipitins

Alias: FLD, Farmer's Lung

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Farmer's lung is a disease caused by an extrinsic allergic alveolitis (type III hypersensitivity reaction) that follows the chronic inhalation of the dust of mouldy hay.

Availability: Referred to the Mycology Reference Centre The Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 5 Days upon receipt at the Mycology Reference Centre The Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Micropolyspora faeni also known as Saccharopolyspora rectivirgul antibodies;
  • Thermoactinomyces vulgaris antibodies;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Please state the any relevant clinical details and risk factors (i.e. exposure to mouldy hay).
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Negative / Positive
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 08-06-2023