What Is Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia?

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Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP), also referred to as Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP), is a rare form of lung disease characterized by an inflammatory disorder of affected lung areas with unknown specific etiology. Causes Even though the exact cause of BOOP is still not well understood, it’s believed that it’s may be caused by radiation therapy, exposure to certain fumes or chemicals or post respiratory infections. Symptoms The symptoms of BOOP may include:
  • A persistent and non-productive cough;
  • A flu-like illness characterized by a sore throat;
  • Weight loss;
  • Fatigue.
Diagnosis Ways to diagnose the BOOP are as follows:
  • Generally clinical evaluation based on patients’ medical history;
  • Taking specialized tests including x-ray studies, a high-resolution chest computed tomography or HRCT;
  • Taking a lung biopsy for microscopic tissue analysis.
Treatments
  • Drugs. Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid medications would be given for most patients with BOOP and intravenous corticosteroid medication for patients with the rapidly progressive form of BOOP.
  • Surgery. In some rare cases, lung transplantation would be recommended for patients with BOOP who do not respond to medications.
If you have any problems, please go to see a doctor for professional help. Key words: Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP); Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP); lung biopsy; lung transplantation.
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