Twenty-four asthmatic patients were evaluated for the presence of circulating cytotoxic lung antibodies. These patients were further classified as either extrinsic or intrinsic asthmatics on the basis of skin testing, age of onset, and atopic history. Of the 12 patients considered to have extrinsic asthma, 10 had positive titers, one borderline, and one negative for cytotoxic lung antibodies. In the group of 12 patients classified as intrinsic asthmatics, eight had negative titers, two borderline, and two positive for cytotoxic lung antibodies. Adsorption studies indicated that these antibodies were organ-specific. Twenty normal non-smoking controls were also tested, all of whom were negative. Five patients with allergic rhinitis, positive intradermal skin tests, and no history of asthma were found to be negative for cytotoxic lung antibodies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine