June 1977

Busulf an Lung

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(6):650-652. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120190044009

• An uncommon, but lethal, toxic side effect of busulfan (Myleran) therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia is pulmonary fibrosis. A 16-month-old male infant treated for 11 months with busulfan for chronic myelogenous leukemia is, we believe, the first case of "busulfan lung" in the pediatric age group to be reported. Progressive roentgenographic changes in the lung of a diffuse intra-alveolar and interstitial pattern were noted. The patient died after a four-day episode of cough, fever, and progressive dyspnea. At autopsy, no evidence of infection or leukemic infiltrates were seen in the lungs. Characteristic histologic findings as a result of busulfan therapy were observed in the lung and pancreas.

(Am J Dis Child 131:650-652, 1977)