Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2002 / Article

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Volume 9 |Article ID 958921 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2002/958921

John K Reid, Henrike Rees, Donald Cockcroft, "Long-Term Survival in a Patient with Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 9, Article ID 958921, 5 pages, 2002. https://doi.org/10.1155/2002/958921

Long-Term Survival in a Patient with Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Abstract

A patient with pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis was diagnosed more than 22 years after the onset of symptoms by a thoracoscopic lung biopsy, after a high resolution computerized tomogram of the chest was highly suggestive of the disease. After nearly 30 years since the onset of her symptoms, the patient leads a relatively normal life with only mildly abnormal lung function and has minimal reduction in her exercise tolerance. There have been few reports of patients surviving for such a long time after the onset of this disease; the literature suggests that most patients die within 15 years of symptom onset.

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