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Diffuse panbronchiolitis observed in a white man in Turkey.

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Atatürk Chest Disease and Surgery Center, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.


Diffuse panbronchiolitis (DPB) is a distinct clinicopathological entity which is characterized by chronic recurrent sinopulmonary infection and inflammation. It is prevalent in the Far East, but extremely rare in western countries. In this report, we described the first Turkish case of DPB and also evaluated demographic and diagnostic characteristics of 18 patients with DPB, previously reported from non-Asian countries. We believe that DPB patients described from these countries may also increase if this disease is taken into consideration in differential diagnosis of sinopulmonary diseases. Another consideration is that, since the treatment and prognosis of DPB are different from other obstructive pulmonary diseases, it should not be mistaken for others.

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