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Eosinophilic Pneumonia Overview

What is eosinophilic pneumonia?
A person with eosinophilic pneumonia has inflammation of the small air passageways in the lung, due to a buildup of eosinophils in the lung. Eosinophils are white blood cells that fight infection. The inflammation can block normal passage of oxygen into the bloodstream. Eosinophilic pneumonia is rare and the cause is unknown.

What are the symptoms of eosinophilic pneumonia?
Symptoms of eosinophilic pneumonia include chest pain, cough, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing rate, and wheezing. Less common symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat eosinophilic pneumonia?
Treatment for eosinophilic pneumonia includes bronchodilator medications, inhalers, cough medicines, decongestants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Other measures include oxygen therapy and oral corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Eosinophilic Pneumonia References
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