Bilateral pneumothoraces with multiple bullae in a patient with asymptomatic bronchiolitis obliterans 10 years after bone marrow transplantation

T. Suzuki, Y. Saijo, M. Ebina, M. Yaekashiwa, M. Minegishi, S. Tsuchiya, T. Konno, S. Ono, Y. Matsumura, S. Fujimura, T. Nukiwa

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Abstract

A 16-year-old boy developed bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) 10 years after BMT for myelodysplastic syndrome. Although the patient complained of almost no dyspnea on exertion, he had mild hypercapnea with a markedly reduced forced expiratory volume of 0.32 l. Chest X-rays showed occasional bilateral minimal pneumothoraces, which is in accordance with the existence of multiple small bullae found on the pleural surface at video-assisted thoracic surgery. Histologic examination of the biopsied lung revealed BO. This case indicates that BO in adolescence following BMT and possible chronic GVHD may be masked because of lung immaturity at BMT, and BO after BMT may be associated with multiple pleural bullae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • BMT
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans
  • GVHD
  • Pneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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