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Drug-induced lung disease 

Drug-induced lung disease
Drug-induced lung disease

S.J. Bourke

and D.J. Hendrick


July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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


Chapter reviewed June 2011—no substantial updates required; Further reading updated.

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date: 27 September 2021

Case History—An 81 yr old woman with rheumatoid arthritis, now presenting with a ‘chest infection’ that fails to clear.

Drug-induced lung disease is common and needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis of many respiratory conditions. The nature and timing of events often provide an important clue and are sometimes sufficiently characteristic for drug-induced lung disease to be diagnosed with confidence, with resolution of symptoms on drug cessation providing invaluable ...

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