ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Dispnea After Appendectomy Operation: Case Report
Zeliha Arslan 1, Ahmet Ilgazlı 1, Mithat Bıyıklı 2, Kürşat Yıldız 3
1Department of Chest Diseases, Kocaeli University Medical School, Kocaeli, Turkey
2Departments of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Medical Faculty of Kocaeli University, Kocaeli
3Departments of Pathology, Medical Faculty of Kocaeli University, Kocaeli
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2008.00622.1
Pages : 205-208

Abstract

Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH) is a rare interstitial lung disease. Its estimated prevalence is two to five cases per million. Young male adults develop the disease most frequently. Greater than 90% of cases of PLCH occur in smokers. Diabetes insipidus (DI) occurs in about 11% to 40% of patients and pneumothoraces occur in 10% to 30% of patients. The diagnosis of PLCH can be confirmed by BAL, transbronchial biopsy, or surgical lung biopsy. We present a case referred to us with dispnea developed after appendectomy operation, coexisting with DI, and diagnosed to have PLCH using transbronchial lung biopsy.

Keywords : Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH); interstitial lung disease; diabetes insipidus; transbronchial lung biopsy; dispnea

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