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Precipitating antibody in the sputum in chronic respiratory disease
  1. C. W. Clarke

    Abstract

    Precipitating antibody against bacterial antigens obtained from known pathogens has been looked for in sputum of patients with chronic respiratory disease. Preliminary results suggest that detection of precipitating antibody to a cell wall extract of the organism may be important in determining its pathogenicity in a particular patient. Local antibody production appears to be important in these conditions. It is proposed that this locally produced precipitating antibody may be contributing to the underlying lung pathology.

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    • * Paper read at ‘Research Work in Progress’ Symposium, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, 19 February 1974.

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