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Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia
Inflammation: The cause of bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia is unknown, but may be caused by a viral infection which sets off an inflammatory reaction in the small airways and airspaces. It causes cough and shortness of breath. It is diagnosed with lung biopsy. Treatment is generally corticosteroids like Prednisone which may be needed for months. It has been associated with autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Yes: This is a very severe lung disease and is very debilitating and many times ultimately fatal. ...Read more
Treat the cause: "boop" is a generic term used by pathologists to describe a pattern of response to lung injury under the microscope. It has literally dozens of causes. But, when no underlying cause (infection trauma, drug reaction, tumor, embolism) is identifiable, steroids can be used to accelerate recovery. In europe, the pathologists call it "cryptogenic organizing pneumonia", a better term in my opinion. ...Read more
Variable outcome: Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (boop) is a rare condition in children. Limited data show most get better and some do not. It is an inflammation of the tiny airways of the lungs. Some causes include medications (chemotherapy), bone marrow transplant and other inflammatory diseases. Oral steroids are used for treatment. Your pulmonologist is best able to help with this problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me about personal experience with BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?
Start with this : Amer Lung Assoc: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/bronchiolitis-obliterans-organizing-pneumonia/ Mayo Clinic site: In some people, BOOP causes no signs or symptoms. Most people w/BOOP experience a persistent nonproductive cough and - depending on how much lung is affected - shortness of breath with exertion. More: http://www.mayoclinic.org/bronchiolitis-obliterans/expert-answers/faq-20057840 ...Read more
Chronic lung disease: Bo is a form of obstructive lung disease that leads to the "obliteration" of small airways due to fibrosis. It can be caused by inhalational injuries, autoimmune diseases, lung infections, or following-transplant. In children, it can be seen after a severe lung infection, usually with adenovirus. ...Read more
See your lung doctor: You want to visit a lung doctor who specializes in "interstitial lung disease". This disease is sometimes associated with other immune disorders such as lymphoma or HIV or autoimmune diseases such as lupus. When it occurs by itself it can be the firts sign of one of these disease i just listed or it can be fairly benign and non progressing as a lung disorder. ...Read more
Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colored phlegm,fever: A cough productive of colored (yellow/green or other colors) phlegm. Elderly patients often do not have fever. Other signs to look for are rapid heart rate, chest pain. Prompt treatment of pneumonia with antibiotics and diagnosis with chest exam/chest xray is important. Additional risk factors such as underlying disease of smoking/hypertension/diabetes make someone more prone to infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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