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Diagnosis in just over a minute: a case of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia.
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PMID:  23297060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (CEP) is a rare interstitial lung disease characterized by subacute dyspnea, peripheral infiltrates on imaging, and pulmonary eosinophilia. We report a case of a 48-year-old man who presented to a "minute clinic" with cough and dyspnea. After improvement on a short course of steroids for a presumptive diagnosis of bronchospasm, he presented to our hospital with symptom recurrence. Computed tomography (CT) imaging revealed peripheral infiltrates and bronchoscopy confirmed pulmonary eosinophilia. In this clinical vignette, we review the typical presentation of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia, the differential diagnosis of pulmonary infiltrates with eosinophilia, and the challenges of diagnosing a rare condition that may mimic more common causes of dyspnea, especially in a "minute clinic" setting.
Adam Geoffrey Kolb; Samuel Thomas Ives; Scott Francis Davies
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2013-01-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of general internal medicine     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1525-1497     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gen Intern Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-14     Completed Date:  2014-02-19     Revised Date:  2014-07-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8605834     Medline TA:  J Gen Intern Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  972-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Diagnosis, Differential
Dyspnea / complications,  diagnosis,  drug therapy
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Eosinophilia / complications*,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Steroids / therapeutic use
Time Factors
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