Acute eosinophilic pneumonia following secondhand cigarette smoke exposure

Min Kyung Chung, Seok Jeong Lee, Mi Yeon Kim, Jin Hwa Lee, Jung Hyun Chang, Sung Shin Sim, Yon Ju Ryu

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Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP) is a disease characterized by an acute febrile onset, eosinophilia in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and a dramatic response to corticosteroids. Although many studies have reported a close relationship between direct cigarette smoking and AEP, few studies have identified an association between passive smoking and AEP. Here, we report a case of AEP in a 19-year-old female with cough, fever, and dyspnea after 4 weeks of intense exposure to secondhand smoke for 6 to 8 hours a day in an enclosed area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Pulmonary eosinophilia
  • Tobacco products
  • Tobacco smoke pollution


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