A case of fulminant bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia

Seon Kim Mi Seon Kim, Hyun Chang Jung Hyun Chang, Hee Kim Tai Hee Kim, Hyun Cha Ju Hyun Cha, Young Kim Hae Young Kim, S. H. Sung

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Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) is a type of diffuse interstitial lung disease that has emerged in the past decade as an important cause of acute respiratory illness in adult. Clinically, the entity usually starts with a subacute influenza-like illness, followed by cough, progressive dyspnea, and weight loss. Organized inflammatory polypoid materials predominantly affecting distal bronchioles, alveolar ducts, and peribronchial alveolar spaces are a key pathologic findings. BOOP is characterized by a good response to glucocorticoid and an excellent prognosis. However, there is a subset of BOOP who presents with a fulminant course leading to death or chronic severe fibrosis with marked impairment of lung function. Recently, we have experienced a case of rapidly progressive BOOP, diagnosed by open lung biopsy and showed a reluctant response to corticosteroid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


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