Acute eosinophilic pneumonia

A summary of 15 cases and review of the literature

A. L. Pope-Harman, W. B. Davis, E. D. Allen, A. J. Christoforidis, J. N. Allen

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Abstract

Idiopathic acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP) is an acute febrile illness that may be mistaken for an infectious pneumonia. Patients are often young and otherwise healthy. Clues in considering this disorder in a differential diagnosis include the acuity and severity of the clinical presentation and an initial chest X-ray with diffuse infiltrates, often interstitial, and the presence of Kerley B lines and/or evidence of pleural fluid. The diagnosis can be made through examination of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in most cases, with careful exclusion of other similar eosinophilic lung diseases. Although it can lead to life-threatening respiratory failure, AEP is easily treatable with corticosteroids. This disease has not been reported to recur in any patients to this point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-342
Number of pages9
JournalMedicine
Volume75
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

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Pulmonary Eosinophilia
Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid
Respiratory Insufficiency
Lung Diseases
Pneumonia
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Differential Diagnosis
Fever
Thorax
X-Rays

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Pope-Harman, A. L., Davis, W. B., Allen, E. D., Christoforidis, A. J., & Allen, J. N. (1996). Acute eosinophilic pneumonia: A summary of 15 cases and review of the literature. Medicine, 75(6), 334-342. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005792-199611000-00004

Acute eosinophilic pneumonia : A summary of 15 cases and review of the literature. / Pope-Harman, A. L.; Davis, W. B.; Allen, E. D.; Christoforidis, A. J.; Allen, J. N.

In: Medicine, Vol. 75, No. 6, 01.12.1996, p. 334-342.

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Pope-Harman, AL, Davis, WB, Allen, ED, Christoforidis, AJ & Allen, JN 1996, 'Acute eosinophilic pneumonia: A summary of 15 cases and review of the literature', Medicine, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 334-342. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005792-199611000-00004
Pope-Harman, A. L. ; Davis, W. B. ; Allen, E. D. ; Christoforidis, A. J. ; Allen, J. N. / Acute eosinophilic pneumonia : A summary of 15 cases and review of the literature. In: Medicine. 1996 ; Vol. 75, No. 6. pp. 334-342.
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