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Respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD): a case of an acute presentation
  1. D Mavridou,
  2. D Laws
  1. Thoracic Department, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr D Mavridou
    Thoracic Department, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK; despinadoctors.net.uk

Abstract

Respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) is a recently described clinicopathological entity that occurs almost exclusively in current heavy cigarette smokers. Few cases have been reported in the literature and no studies have been carried out on the effect of treatment, which currently consists of smoking cessation with or without corticosteroids. We report the first case of an acute presentation of histologically proven RB-ILD in a young cigarette smoker whose diagnosis and management proved to be difficult. Smoking cessation alone was found to be inadequate so management was combined with corticosteroid therapy.

  • respiratory bronchiolitis associated intersitital lung disease (RB-ILD)
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