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September 1973

Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonia: Case Report of an Infant Unresponsive to Treatment

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the departments of pediatrics and communicable disease (Dr. Howatt) and pathology (Drs. Heidelberger, LeGlovan, and Schnitzer), University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(3):346-348. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190304011

A 4½-month-old child with respiratory symptoms since 2½ weeks of age had histological findings of desquamative interstitial pneumonia. Despite steroid therapy the child became progressively worse and died from cor pulmonale. She represents one of the youngest reported patients with this disease and is the first child recognized to die from it. It is suggested that immunosuppressive therapy should be used if steroid treatment fails.

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