Abstract: We describe a 31 years-old atopic patient, in whom after occupational exposure to Chiroptera bronchial asthma developed. The performed tests (skin test and RAST with bat allergens) confirmed the presence of an lgE-dependent allergic reaction to bat allergens. While the patient, as an engaged scientist, was not able to abandon the contact with Chiroptera, a specific immunotherapy with bat allergen extracts was undertaken. After one year of the therapy the patient had no more symptoms at contact to the Chiroptera.
Key words: allergic asthma, occupational respiratory diseases, occupational exposure, speleology, wild animals, Chiroptera, bats, biohazards, IgE, rush-immunotherapy.
Fig. 1. Scratch test results with bat hair and dust.
Fig. 2. The bats Myotiz myotiz.
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