Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia caused by Plasmodium vivax malaria

Chest. 1993 Oct;104(4):1294-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.104.4.1294.


A 64-year-old woman developed a relapse of Plasmodium vivax malaria followed by a rapidly progressive diffuse patchy pulmonary process. Open lung biopsy specimen showed bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP). After corticosteroid therapy was initiated, there was both clinical and radiographic improvement. This is believed to be the first reported association of BOOP with malaria.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans / drug therapy
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans / etiology*
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology
  • Malaria, Vivax / complications*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia / drug therapy
  • Pneumonia / etiology*
  • Pneumonia / pathology
  • Prednisone / therapeutic use


  • Prednisone