Title: Giant cell arteritis can be associated with T4-lymphocytic alveolitis
Authors: Blockmans, Daniel Engelbert ×
Knockaert, Daniel
Bobbaers, Herman #
Issue Date: Jan-1999
Series Title: Clinical rheumatology vol:18 issue:4 pages:330-333
Abstract: We describe three patients with histologically proven giant cell arteritis who presented with respiratory complaints. In one patient, dry cough and dyspnoea dominated the clinical picture. In the other two patients, a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis was readily suspected by the presence of typical complaints, although both patients spontaneously mentioned a persistent cough and dyspnoea, respectively. Radiographs of the chest were normal. Lung function tests, including a carbon monoxide (CO)-diffusion capacity measurement, were always normal. Broncho-alveolar lavage fluid examination showed a normal cell count but an increased number of lymphocytes (16-61%) with a predominance of T4-lymphocytes (65.5-84.5%). We conclude that respiratory complaints and T4-lymphocytic alveolitis can be associated with giant cell arteritis.
ISSN: 0770-3198
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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