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Chest. 1990 Sep;98(3):765-7.

Complete resolution of roentgenographic changes in a patient with pulmonary histiocytosis X.

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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha 68105.


A smoker presented with pleuritic chest pain and was found to have reticulonodular interstitial opacities on chest x-ray film. Open lung biopsy revealed changes consistent with histiocytosis X, a disease seen almost exclusively in smokers. Smoking cessation was recommended, and the patient complied. A chest x-ray film taken nearly three years later revealed complete resolution of the radiographic abnormalities. It is proposed that smoking cessation may be related to the improvement in this patient's chest x-ray film findings, and that it should be recommended for all patients with pulmonary histiocytosis X.

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