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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-51

Eight years follow-up of a case with idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis after corticosteroid therapy

1 Department of Chest Diseases, Kahramanmaras Sutcuimam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey
2 Department of Radiology, Kahramanmaras Sutcuimam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

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Hasan Kahraman
Department of Chest Diseases, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Yörükselim Mah. Hastane Cad. No: 32, Kahramanmaras
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DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.92907

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Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is characterized by recurrent episodes of alveolar hemorrhage, hemoptysis, and secondary iron deficiency anemia with unknown etiology. It generally emerges in childhood and adolescence periods but rarely found in adulthood. Definite diagnosis is established by appearing the hemosiderin-laden macrophages at sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, or open lung biopsy. We reported a male patient who was born in 1975, expectorated blood since 1995, and was diagnosed in 1998. He received many blood replacements. He admitted to our clinic in 2003 with complaints of coughing up blood, shortness of breath, and tiredness. We gave the corticosteroid therapy to patient for 6-month period. After treatment, the patient did not have any complaints. Clinicians should keep in mind that idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis may differ in localization on chest X-ray and corticosteroid treatment should be started when diagnosis is established.

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