acute pulmonary eosinophilia


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Acute Pulmonary Eosinophilia

A self-limiting non-infectious inflammation in the lungs accompanied by increased eosinophils in tissue and peripheral blood.
Aetiology Unknown, or various drugs, parasitic infestation (especially ascariasis in children), nickel exposure, recent blood transfusion, or lymphangiography.
Clinical findings Chest pain, dry cough, fever, malaise, tachypnoea, dyspnoea, rash, wheezing.
Imaging Diffuse infiltrates on plain AP film.
Bronchoscopy Increased eosinophils.
Management APE may respond to corticosteroids.
Complications Restrictive cardiomyopathy due to pericardial fibrosis
Prognosis Often resolves without therapy; less commonly, it evolves to acute idiopathic eosinophilic pneumonia.

acute pulmonary eosinophilia

Loeffler's syndrome Pulmonology A self-limiting inflammation in the lungs accompanied by eosinophils Etiology Unknown CXR Diffuse infiltrates Lab ↑ Eosinophils Management APE may respond to corticosteroids Complications Restrictive cardiomyopathy due to pericardial fibrosis Prognosis Often resolves without therapy. See Eosinophilia.
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