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06 October 2016

Do you play the flute, the trumpet or the saxophone?

Do you play the flute, the trumpet or the saxophone? Well, you’d better clean your instrument regularly. That’s the important lesson for wind instrument players following the recent death of a British bagpipe player, who succumbed to hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a chronic inflammation of the lungs normally caused by regular inhalation of foreign bodies from the environment. In his case, the culprits were likely to have been various moulds and fungi doctors found inside the bag and neck of his instrument, as well as the reed protector around the mouthpiece.

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