Late relapse of desquamative interstitial pneumonia

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1987 Nov;136(5):1253-5. doi: 10.1164/ajrccm/136.5.1253.


Late relapse in desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP) is poorly documented. We describe 2 cases of relapse after 7 and 12 yr of therapeutic remission. Lung biopsies taken initially and at the time of relapse showed very similar appearances on both occasions, with little increase in fibrosis in the second sample. Patients with DIP in remission should be followed indefinitely.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / drug therapy
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / pathology*
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / physiopathology
  • Recurrence
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Time Factors


  • Prednisolone