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Hypersensitivity pneumonitis: clinical review

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis: clinical review


Clinical Review

Time to Complete

2.5 hours


April 20, 2011


June 20, 2016

Programme Description

This article by Dr Simon Barry outlines the types and causes of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include common aeroallergens, clinical presentation, lung function and immunological tests, managing the condition and prognosis.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article GPs should be better able to:
  • Define hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP)
  • Explain the pathophysiology of HP
  • Identify those at risk of HP and describe the prevalence of this disease among the ‘at risk’ groups
  • Recognise the classical features of HP and assess the likelihood of a patient having HP on the basis of their symptoms and clinical signs
  • Order and interpret appropriate tests for patients with suspected HP
  • Appropriately initiate treatment and offer advice to patients
  • Discuss the prognosis of HP with a patient, appreciating the different prognoses associated with the various causes
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Simon Barry
    Consultant Chest Physician
    Llandough Hospital
    Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
    United Kingdom

    Test authors
    Professor Ruth Chambers
    GP and honorary professor
    University of Staffordfordshire
    United Kingdom

    Dr Lizzie Cottrell
    Academic GP Registrar
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 2.5 learning credits (2.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time. This activity is offered at no cost.


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