The sick building syndrome as a part of 'ASIA' (autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants)

Ramit Maoz-Segal, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Eitan Israeli, Yehuda Shoenfeld

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The entity 'sick building syndrome' is poorly defined and comprises of a set of symptoms resulting from environmental exposure to a work or a living environment. The symptoms are mainly "allergic"-like and include nasal, eye, and mucous membrane irritation, dry skin as well as respiratory symptoms and general symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy, headaches and fever. The Autoimmune [Auto-inflammatory] Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) is a wider term which describes the role of various environmental factors in the pathogenesis of immune mediated diseases. Factors entailing an immune adjuvant activity such as infectious agents, silicone, aluminium salts and others were found in association with defined and non-defined immune mediated diseases. The sick building syndrome and ASIA share a similar complex of signs and symptoms and probably the same immunological mechanisms which further support a common denominator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-32, 134
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015


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