Bronchial anthracofibrosis and wood smoke

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Bronchial anthracofibrosis and wood smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:17 am ... 0.abstract

BMJ Case Reports 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-213940
Bronchial anthracofibrosis with interstitial lung disease: an association yet to be highlighted
Shekhar Kunal, Vikas Pilaniya, Ashok Shah
Author Affiliations
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, India
Correspondence to Professor Ashok Shah,
Accepted 21 December 2015
Published 11 January 2016

Bronchial anthracofibrosis (BAF), an emerging pulmonary disease due to long-standing exposure to biomass fuel smoke, is predominantly seen in females from developing nations. BAF is known to be associated with tuberculosis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer, but the association of BAF with interstitial lung disease (ILD) is rare and yet to be highlighted. A 72-year-old woman with a 30-year history of exposure to biomass fuel smoke presented with dry cough and exertional dyspnoea. Imaging demonstrated interlobular, intralobular and peribronchovascular interstitial thickening and honeycombing adjoining the subpleural regions, suggestive of the usual interstitial pneumonia pattern. A restrictive pattern with diffusion defect was noted. Fibrebronchoscopy revealed a bluish-black anthracotic pigmentation with a narrowed and distorted left upper lobe, and apical segment of left lower lobe bronchus, confirming BAF. A diagnosis of BAF with ILD was made. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first detailed description of this association.
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