PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE
Bagpipers disease is a term that dignifies cryptococcal, and presumably other fungal, infection occurring in bagpipers whose instruments are constructed of a sheep skin bladder covered in treacle, which provides an ideal growth medium for fungi.
Clinical findings Deep inhalation of cryptococcal spores have been anecdotally linked to fatal pneumonia and brain abscesses. The frequency with which this actually occurs is unknown.
Reference Lancet 1978; 1:1368-1369