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A 35-Year-Old Woman With Asthma and Polycystic Lung Disease*

Octavian C. Ioachimescu, MD; Steven Sieber, MD; Michael J. Walker, MD; Vincent Rella, MD; Arthur Kotch, MD, FCCP
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*From the Departments of Internal Medicine (Dr. Ioachimescu), Pathology (Dr. Sieber), Surgery (Dr. Walker), Hematology (Dr. Rella), and Pulmonary Medicine (Dr. Kotch), Danbury Hospital, Danbury CT.

Correspondence to: Octavian C. Ioachimescu, MD, 24 Hospital Ave, Department of Medicine, Danbury Hospital (Yale University School of Medicine), PO Box 479, Danbury CT 06813-0479; email: octavian.ioachimescu@danhosp.org



Chest. 2002;121(1):256-260. doi:10.1378/chest.121.1.256
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A 35 -year-old white woman with a history of asthma since childhood went to her primary-care physician with symptoms of fever, cough, and yellowish sputum of 2 days in duration. A chest radiograph showed a right upper lobe infiltrate and multiple thin-walled cysts scattered over both lung fields (Fig 1 ), and findings were confirmed on a CT scan (Fig 2 ). The upper lobe infiltrate resolved after 10 days of antibiotic treatment. Because of persistent polycystic lung disease, the patient was referred to a pulmonologist for further investigation and treatment.

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