61 Yr Old Playing His, 'Bagpipe' Daily Killed Him!

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61 Yr Old Playing His, 'Bagpipe' Daily Killed Him!

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:40 pm

'Bagpipe' Lung Infection Kills Piper
  HealthDay  21 hrs ago

©️ Provided by ScoutNews LLC  (HealthDay News) -- A British bagpipe player died after contracting a lethal fungal infection from his instrument, researchers say.
As the experts explained, the moist interiors of wind instruments can promote the growth of fungi and molds that, when breathed in regularly, can cause chronic inflammatory lung condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

The disease is also often linked with regular exposure to birds, particularly pigeons.

The new report involves a 61-year-old man who was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in 2009. He was admitted to hospital in 2014 after his condition worsened to the point that he had trouble breathing and walking.

While doctors knew the patient had hypersensitivity pneumonitis, they didn't know the cause. He didn't handle pigeons. He didn't smoke. And, his house had no signs of mold or water damage.
However, he did play bagpipes daily as a hobby. Samples were collected from several areas inside his instrument, and those tests revealed a number of different types of fungi.

Despite treatment, the man died. An autopsy revealed significant lung damage, the study reported.

There have been other reported cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in trombone and saxophone players, but this is the first case linked with bagpipes, said the study authors, led by Dr. Jenny King, of the University Hospital South Manchester in the United Kingdom.

The researchers said any type of wind instrument could be contaminated with fungi and molds and put players at risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, but cleaning instruments immediately after use and allowing them to drip dry could reduce the odds.  The study was published Aug. 22 in the journal Thorax.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/bagpipe-lung-infection-kills-piper/ar-BBvXwKW?ocid=ansmsnhealth11&OCID=ansmsnnews11
OMG ...how sad for him - for his family as well.  Sad
I'd have thought that since you have to 'breathe' into that bag to make the sound that there was a proper protocol for cleaning the Bag Pipe at least several times after it had been used! No
Irn, you don't play the 'Pipes', do you?

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Re: 61 Yr Old Playing His, 'Bagpipe' Daily Killed Him!

Post by eddie on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:06 am

I love the bagpipes! I'm probably in a minority in England but I think they sound woeful and haunting.

What a strange way to die though?!

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