Acute eosinophilic pneumonia

Josep M. Llibre, Jordi Tor, Fuensanta Milla, Warren L. Whitlock, Robert A. Dietrich, Michael F. Tenholder, Marian Greenburg, Robert L. Schiffman, Dwight G. Geha, James N. Allen, Eric R. Pacht, James E. Gadek, W. Bruce Davis

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To the Editor: Allen et al. (Aug. 31 issue)* have characterized four patients with acute eosinophilic pneumonia, a syndrome that appears to be distinct from other types of idiopathic eosinophilic lung disease. We describe an HIV-infected patient who presented with acute respiratory failure and eosinophilia as shown in bronchoalveolar-lavage fluid. The acute eosinophilic pneumonia resolved rapidly after treatment with corticosteroids. Acute eosinophilic pneumonia is distinctly uncommon in HIV-infected patients. A 20-year-old man presented with a three-day history of fever, cough, and dyspnea. He was an active intravenous heroin user, and anti-HIV antibodies were detected (Immunoblot, Dupont). A more detailed history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-636
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

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