Pulmonary infiltrates and eosinophilia associated with sulfasalazine

Mayo Clin Proc. 1984 May;59(5):343-6. doi: 10.1016/s0025-6196(12)61431-1.


Asymptomatic pulmonary infiltrates and eosinophilia developed in a patient with chronic ulcerative colitis 1 month after therapy with sulfasalazine had been instituted. The abnormalities resolved completely after use of the drug was discontinued. The sulfapyridine component of the sulfasalazine was the likely causative agent because 41 years earlier, the patient had experienced fever, myalgias, and eosinophilia after taking a sulfonamide. Ten previous cases of sulfasalazine pulmonary toxicity, including one fatality, have been reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bronchitis / chemically induced
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic Disease
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Eosinophilia / chemically induced*
  • Sulfasalazine / adverse effects*


  • Sulfasalazine