Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Pulmonary foreign body granulomatosis in a chronic user of powder cocaine

Granulomatose pulmonar de corpo estranho em um usuário crônico de cocaína em pó

Shruti Khurana1, Ankit Chhoda2, Sandeep Sahay3, Priyanka Pathania4

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(4):320-321

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We describe the case of a 33-year-old man, a chronic user of powder cocaine, who presented with dyspnea, fever, night sweats, and significant weight loss. Chest HRCT revealed centrilobular nodules, giving an initial impression of miliary tuberculosis. Therefore, he was started on an empirical, four-drug antituberculosis treatment regimen. Four weeks later, despite the tuberculosis treatment, he continued to have the same symptoms. We then performed transbronchial lung biopsy. Histopathological analysis of the biopsy sample revealed birefringent foreign body granuloma. A corroborative history of cocaine snorting, the presence of centrilobular nodules, and the foreign body-related histopathological findings led to a diagnosis of pulmonary foreign body granulomatosis. This report underscores the fact that pulmonary foreign body granulomatosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of clinical profiles resembling tuberculosis.

 


Keywords: Lung; Granuloma, foreign-body; Cocaine-related disorders.

 


 

 


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