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A specific antigen has not been identified. The sporadic occurrence of the condition suggests that the antigen is present only intermittently in the working environment in sufficient concentrations to cause alveolitis. Until such time as the constitutional, immunological, and environmental factors predisposing to the development of alveolitis are better understood preventive measures must be empirical.
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