HIV-associated bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia

Chest. 1989 Jul;96(1):197-8. doi: 10.1378/chest.96.1.197.


A man with serologic evidence of HIV infection and a depressed T-helper:suppressor ratio developed fever, pulmonary infiltrates, and respiratory failure. Bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy failed to reveal an infectious cause; however, an open lung biopsy demonstrated classic bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. The patient responded completely to corticosteroids. To the best of our knowledge, this represents a previously undescribed and readily treatable cause of respiratory failure in patients with HIV infections.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans / complications*
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans / diagnosis
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Pneumonia / complications
  • Pneumonia / diagnosis