An Atypical Case of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in a Patient from Africa
AbstractA 39 years old African man presented with fatigue, loss of weight and night sweats; radiology showed a possible usual interstitial pneumonia pattern. The patient missed follow-up visits, and presented again after 3 years with productive cough and general illness. Pulmonary function tests showed a decline of FVC compared to a previous investigation. The CT scans showed progression of the interstitial lung disease, and a multidisciplinary conference recommended to proceed with a surgical lung biopsy. Histopathology showed an atypical pattern, with bronchiolar metaplasia. A new multidisciplinary conference made a diagnosis of IPF, and the patient was treated with antifibrotic drugs with a good effect, reaching stability of lung function. This case report highlights the need to improve knowledge and to better characterize rare pulmonary diseases, and especially IPF, among African patients. View Full-Text
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Pesonen, I.; Ortiz, C.; Ferrara, G. An Atypical Case of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in a Patient from Africa. Medicina 2019, 55, 67.
Pesonen I, Ortiz C, Ferrara G. An Atypical Case of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in a Patient from Africa. Medicina. 2019; 55(3):67.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pesonen, Ida; Ortiz, Cristian; Ferrara, Giovanni. 2019. "An Atypical Case of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in a Patient from Africa." Medicina 55, no. 3: 67.
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