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Am J Surg Pathol. 1991 Jan;15(1):43-7.

Diffuse panbronchiolitis in North America. Report of three cases and review of the literature.

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Department of Pathology, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


Diffuse panbronchiolitis is a disease largely restricted geographically to Japan. It is manifested clinically by an insidious onset of dyspnea, cough, and production of mucopurulent sputum. Histologically it is characterized by a suppurative bronchiolitis involving primarily the respiratory and terminal bronchioles with subsequent progression to bronchiolectasis. Pulmonary function tests show a mixed obstructive-restrictive pattern. This report presents two cases occurring in white patients and one in an Oriental immigrant to Canada.

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