Farmers lung precipitins

This is an important test used to diagnose Farmer's lung.

Venous blood
4 tests included
7 days turnaround



About Farmers lung precipitins

What is farmer’s lung?

Farmer’s lung (also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis) is an allergic disease to mould that grows on crops such as hay. It is not infectious, but some people’s immune systems are hypersensitive and react to mould spores. Symptoms of farmer’s lung initially resemble a mild cold with tightness in the chest.

However, after several repeated exposure and acute attacks, the lungs may be permanently damaged and a chronic response may cause depression, no appetite and weight loss, increasingly worse shortness of breath, and weakness. The bacterium Micropolyspora faeni (M. faeni), also known as Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula, is the main cause of farmer’s lung. M. faeni antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system in farmer’s lung in response to the bacteria.

Why take the test?

This test detects the presence of M. faeni antibodies and can be used to help diagnose Farmer’s lung.


What's tested

Budgerigar feather + faeces

How it works



Order your kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.