Acute eosinophilic pneumonia triggered by secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in an elderly man

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Montserrat Diaz-Abad *
Laura Malone
Liaqat Ali
Edward M. Pickering
Ashutosh Sachdeva
(*) Corresponding Author:
Montserrat Diaz-Abad | mdiaz@som.umaryland.edu

Abstract

The spectrum of eosinophilic lung diseases comprises a diverse group of pulmonary disorders associated with tissue or peripheral eosinophilia. [Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP)] is an uncommon eosinophilic lung disease that can be idiopathic, but identifiable causes include medications, inhalational exposures and infections. Most cases in the literature are associated with first-time cigarette smoking or resuming smoking. Herein, we present a case of AEP in an elderly man triggered by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, in whom a transbronchial biopsy was diagnostic. The patient recovered fully with glucocorticoid therapy without recurrence after avoiding further secondhand smoke. 


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Montserrat Diaz-Abad, University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland

Assitant Professor

Department of Medicine

Laura Malone, University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, Maryland

Department of Pathology

Chief Resident

Liaqat Ali, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus Baltimore, Maryland

Department of Medicine

Attending Physician

Edward M. Pickering, University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore, Maryland

Assitant Professor

Department of Medicine

Ashutosh Sachdeva, University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland

Assitant Professor

Department of Medicine