I have read that only a few types of molds are known to cause MCS. I was reading that Aspergillus fumigatus produces mycotoxins such as gliotoxin which is known to cause immunosuppressive activities such as inhibition of superoxide release, cytokine release by leukocytes and T-lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity. I have also read Dr. Pall’s studies and based on that I would think Aspergillus fumigatus could potentially cause or contribute to MCS? Do you know of any studies to prove or disprove this?
Dr. Rea’s response:
Yes! Aspergillus fumigatus can cause MCS, as can Stachybotrys chartarum, which releases trichothocenes. We have seen this at EHC-D. I am not aware of any studies on this, but they may exist.