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Bronchiolitis obliterans and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia 

Bronchiolitis obliterans and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
Bronchiolitis obliterans and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

A.U. Wells

and Nicholas K. Harrison


A relevant case history from Oxford Case Histories in Respiratory Medicine has been added to this chapter.

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date: 27 September 2021

Case History—A 77 yr old woman referred because her ‘pneumonia failed to clear’.

The nomenclature of the bronchiolitides is complicated by the interchangeable use of pathological and clinical descriptions and a diversity of classification systems. The four primary histological patterns are (1) organizing pneumonia (also termed proliferative bronchiolitis and bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia); (2) bronchiolitis obliterans (also termed obliterative bronchiolitis and constrictive bronchiolitis); (3) follicular bronchiolitis; and (4) diffuse panbronchiolitis....

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