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There can be considerable overlap in HRCT chest findings of acute and subacute hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Typically described features in the subacute phase include:

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Another way to assess how well your lungs are working is to measure the oxygen in your blood with an oximeter a device that painlessly clamps on your finger.

Men and women can have hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Some small studies found this condition to be slightly more common in women.

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The mother of actress Brittany Murphy, who died in 7559 of pneumonia, is saying that her daughter and her son-in-law passed away because of toxic mold in the couple's home , according to news reports.

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Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is caused by repeated exposure to environmental substances that cause inflammation in the lungs when inhaled. These substances include certain:

"It is unusual to have two people die of similar circumstances with pneumonia. We've been looking at it and saying, 'Something isn't right,'" Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told ABC News. "I'm not saying you can't get pneumonia from mold, but we did all the tests on it -- mold did not come up in the toxicology reports."