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|Citation:||Khoo, K.L., Lim, T.K. (2004-07). Pulmonary hypereosinophilia. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 33 (4) : 521-523. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Introduction: Eosinophilic lung diseases are a diverse group of pulmonary disorders linked by the common finding of increased eosinophilia in blood and/or tissue. They usually present to the clinician as pulmonary infiltrates with eosinophilia for which the differential diagnoses is fairly broad. Clinical Picture: Three patients presented with subacute cough, pulmonary infiltrates and a markedly elevated eosinophil count >1.5 × 109/L. Each case exemplifies its clinical peculiarities and pearls and illustrates the diversity in this group of disorders. Treatment: A common theme in the approach to its management is excluding infection before proceeding with therapy, often with steroids. Outcome: There is often a dramatic response to steroid therapy with resolution of symptoms and chest radiographic findings. Conclusion: The arbitrary label of "pulmonary hypereosinophilia" enables the differential diagnoses to be narrowed to the 4 main categories of infections with parasites or fungus, the Churg-Strauss syndrome, chronic eosinophilic pneumonia and the idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome.|
|Source Title:||Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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