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Functional and Radiological Characteristics in Chronic Untreated Tropical Pulmonary Eosinophilia

J.R. Shah, S.K. Kadam

Keywords : Tropical pulmonary eosinophilia, Interstitial lung disease, Fibrosis

Citation Information : Shah J, Kadam S. Functional and Radiological Characteristics in Chronic Untreated Tropical Pulmonary Eosinophilia. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2017; 59 (1):43-45.

DOI: 10.5005/ijcdas-59-1-43

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 18-11-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Long standing untreated tropical pulmonary eosinophilia (TPE) generally results in interstitial lung disease (ILD), as underlying chronic inflammation heals by fibrosis. The presentation of TPE as ILD is a rare entity. A patient was evaluated for persistent cough over two years. High resolution computed tomography of the chest was suggestive for ILD in this case. The patient was diagnosed, however, with TPE based on persistent high eosinophil count, positive antifilarial antibody and dramatic response to diethylcarbamazepine. Follow-up HRCT of the chest after 16 months of treatment showed complete resolution of ground-glass opacities. A significant improvement in spirometry was also noted.

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