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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-43

Organizing pneumonia in a carrier of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1

1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic-Bomb Survivors Hospital, Naka-ku, Japan
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Mihara Medical Associations Hospital, Mihara, Japan
3 Department of Molecular and Internal Medicine, Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Masahiro Yamasaki
1-9-6 Senda-Machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-8619
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/atm.ATM_204_19

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Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1)-associated bronchioloalveolar disorders (HABAs) are pulmonary disorders with various interstitial lung disease patterns that often occur in HTLV-1 carriers. Among HABAs, organizing pneumonia (OP) is extremely rare. We present a case of an 82-year-old woman with OP as a HABA. This patient responded to corticosteroid therapy; however, the patient required the continuation of oral corticosteroid therapy to avoid OP relapse. In cases of OP as a HABA that are not stabilized by treatment with corticosteroids, continuation of oral corticosteroid therapy might be considered.

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