Case report of desquamative interstitial pneumonia: documentation of preserved pulmonary function after twelve clinical relapses

Respiration. 1992;59(2):112-5. doi: 10.1159/000196038.


We describe a case of desquamative interstitial pneumonia diagnosed in a 25-year-old woman who relapsed 12 times during a 20-year follow-up period. In each relapse, the involved sites were different and the patient ultimately recovered without resultant pulmonary ventilatory defects. Bronchoalveolar lavage performed during the 12th relapse revealed a remarkable increase in the number of total cells and showed a low CD4+/CD8+ ratio in the lymphocyte subset.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis* / pathology
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis* / physiopathology
  • Recurrence
  • Respiratory Function Tests