A case of passive smoking induced respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease

Kyoung Ju Lee, Jung Ha Kim, Eun Sil Ha, Jin Yong Jung, Seung Heon Lee, Se Joong Kim, Eun Joo Lee, Gyu Young Hur, Hye Cheol Jung, Sung Yong Lee, Hyn Koo Kim, Sang Yeub Lee, Je Hyeong Kim, Chol Shin, Jae Jeong Shim, Kwang Ho In, Kyung Ho Kang, Se Hwa Yoo

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Respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease is a rare condition among current or ex-smokers, which has features consistent with interstitial lung disease. The presentations are non-specific, but symptoms generally include a cough and dyspnea on exertion, and its pathology is characterized by the accumulation of pigmented macrophages within the respiratory bronchioles and adjacent air spaces, and is associated with mild thickening of the peribronchiolar interstitium. Recently, the case of a 54-year-old woman passive smoker, diagnosed as having respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease, was experienced at our institution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-545
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 1



  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Passive smoking
  • Respiratory bronchiolitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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