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Cavitating Lung Disease: A Novel Presentation of IgG4-Related Disease

Praveen K. Jinnur, Eunhee S. Yi, Jay H. Ryu, Vivek N. Iyer

(Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA)

Am J Case Rep 2015; 16:478-482

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.894015


BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin (Ig) G4-related disease, previously referred to as IgG4-related sclerosing disease or hyper-IgG4 disease, may occur in the lung, involving alveolar parenchyma, airways, and pleura. Various pulmonary manifestations of IgG4-related disease have been reported, but to the best of our knowledge a cavitating lung disease has not been reported previously.
CASE REPORT: We describe a 60-year-old man who presented with hemoptysis and cavitating lung disease with clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic findings compatible with IgG4-related disease. Other potential causes of cavitation were excluded. Treatment was initiated with oral prednisone and subsequently mycophenolate mofetil was added. Follow-up 1 year later shows stable pulmonary function with complete resolution of the cavitary lesions.
CONCLUSIONS: We present a case of cavitating lung disease as a previously unreported manifestation of IgG4-related disease. Our patient had an excellent response to immunosuppression. An increased awareness of IgG4-related disease and its myriad of manifestations is very important for pulmonologists.

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