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Pleural effusion associated with pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C.

Authors
  • Arora, Amit
  • Vargas, Leonardo
  • Kuzniar, Tomasz J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of hospital medicine
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2009
Volume
4
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/jhm.452
PMID: 19753589
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lung toxicity related to interferon (IFN) alpha typically takes a form of interstitial pneumonitis, granulomatous inflammation, or organizing pneumonia. We report a case of a 52-year-old woman, who developed pneumonitis with exudative, lymphocytic-predominant pleural effusion following treatment with pegylated IFN alpha and ribavirin for hepatitis C. Her symptoms and lung findings resolved over 3 months of observation without corticosteroid therapy.

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