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Eur Respir J. 2004 Jun;23(6):954-6.

A case of steroid responsive pulmonary hyalinising granuloma: complicated by deep venous thrombosis.

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Dept of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York 14642, USA.


A case of pulmonary hyalinising granuloma (PHG) complicated by deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is presented. The DVT was associated with the presence of a lupus anticoagulant. In the past PHG has been linked to various auto-antibodies, but to the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first case reporting PHG in association with a lupus anticoagulant and clinically significant venous thrombosis. Historically, PHG has been regarded as poorly corticosteroid responsive. However, the patient in this case study responded dramatically to prednisone. This case study suggests that in selected patients with pulmonary hyalinising granuloma experiencing disabling symptoms and worsening pulmonary function, a trial of corticosteroids may be warranted.

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