JEAN L. PERRAULT, M.D.; MICHEL JANIS, M.D.; HARVEY WOLINSKY, M.D., Ph.D.
A case of needle biopsy-documented resolution of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia after corticoid therapy is described. The patient presented with nonspecific clinical symptoms, but persistent peripheral blood eosinophilia, migratory pulmonary infiltrates, and pulmonary function impairment suggested the diagnosis; histological proof was secured by means of percutaneous needle biopsy. The patient was then given corticosteroids. Several clinical, radiological, and functional remissions and exacerbations closely followed variations in steroid dosage. A second needle biopsy, done during a period of remission, confirmed the previous assumption by others that steroid therapy leads to resolution rather than organization of the alveolar and interstitial processes of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia.
PERRAULT JL, JANIS M, WOLINSKY H. Resolution of Chronic Eosinophilic Pneumonia with Corticoid Therapy: Demonstration by Needle Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. ;74:951–954. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-6-951
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(6):951-954.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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