Transbronchial cryo-biopsy in pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis:a case report
Y. Hea (Dr), Y. Xiao*a (Prof), Y. Chena (Dr), Y. Liua (Dr), Z. Lia (Dr), Y. Yangb (Ms)
a First department of Respiratory Medicine,Ya'An Hospital Affiliated to Kunming Medical University,Kunming,Yunnan,Chian, Kunming,yunnan, CHINA ; b First department of Respiratory Medicine,Ya'An Hospital Affiliated to Kunming Medical University,Kunming,Yunnan,Chian, Kunming,yunan, CHINA
Background:Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare systemic disorder characterized by the accumulation of CD1a+/Langerin+ LCH cells and wide-ranging organ involvement. The untipical LCH is diffcult to confirm. There are relatively little data regarding the utility of transbronchial cryo- biopsy(TBCB) for this disorder.
Content:Authors report a case of a 46-year old man with pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis who presented with chronic cough and chest distress. Imaging of the chest showed characteristic small nodules and thin-walled cysts.This PLCH case hasn’t perpheral lymph node involvement.Diagnose is hard to confirm without transbronchial cryo-biopsy(TBCB). No major complications occurred during TBCB. We carried out a diagnostic work-up which included laboratory and radiographic analysis, bronchoscopy.
Conclusion:TBCB is a safe and effective minimally invasive modality for the diagnosis of PLCH and should be the initial method of obtaining diagnostic specimens.
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