Lung tumor
Lymphoma and lymphoid infiltrates
Follicular bronchitis / bronchiolitis

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 29 December 2016, last major update September 2012

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Definition / general
  • Lymphoid follicles and plasma cells around distal bronchi and bronchioles that infiltrate fibromuscular wall and may compress the lumen
  • Associated with immunodeficiency (congenital, AIDS), rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome
  • Causes mild shortness of breath
Treatment
  • Steroids, uncertain if chemotherapy if helpful
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lymphoid follicles and plasma cells around distal bronchi and bronchioles that infiltrate fibromuscular wall and may compress the lumen (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2010;134:691)
  • Alveoli relatively unaffected