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Descriptor English:   Sick Building Syndrome 
Descriptor Spanish:   Síndrome del Edificio Enfermo 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Síndrome do Edifício Doente 
Synonyms English:   Sick House Syndrome
Syndrome, Sick Building
Syndrome, Sick House
Syndromes, Sick House  
Tree Number:   C20.543.312.750
Definition English:   A group of symptoms that are two- to three-fold more common in those who work in large, energy-efficient buildings, associated with an increased frequency of headaches, lethargy, and dry skin. Clinical manifestations include hypersensitivity pneumonitis (ALVEOLITIS, EXTRINSIC ALLERGIC); allergic rhinitis (RHINITIS, ALLERGIC, PERENNIAL); ASTHMA; infections, skin eruptions, and mucous membrane irritation syndromes. Current usage tends to be less restrictive with regard to the type of building and delineation of complaints. (From Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992) 
History Note English:   96; was see AIR POLLUTION, INDOOR 1992-95, was see ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE 1990-91 
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
BL blood CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced CL classification
CO complications CN congenital
DI diagnosis DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy DT drug therapy
EC economics EM embryology
EN enzymology EP epidemiology
EH ethnology ET etiology
GE genetics HI history
IM immunology ME metabolism
MI microbiology MO mortality
NU nursing PS parasitology
PA pathology PP physiopathology
PC prevention & control PX psychology
RT radiotherapy RH rehabilitation
SU surgery TH therapy
UR urine VE veterinary
VI virology  
Record Number:   32611 
Unique Identifier:   D018877 

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