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Case Report A Case of Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma Presenting as Severe Hypoxic Respiratory Failure: A Case Report
Joon Seok Choi, Hong Joon Shin, Eun Young Kim, In Jae Oh, Kyu Sik Kim, Yu Il Kim, Sung Chul Lim, Young Chul Kim, Yoo Duk Choi, Hyun Ju Seon, Yong Soo Kwon

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2010.25.1.43
1Department of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. yongsu3@gmail.com
2Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
3Department of Radiology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
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We describe here the first known case in Korea of pulmonary involvement with peripheral T cell lymphoma and the patient presented with severe hypoxic respiratory failure. A 57-yr-old man was admitted to our hospital with rapid progression of dyspnea and bilateral diffuse infiltration on a chest radiograph. He received mechanical ventilation and low dose corticosteroid treatment under the suspicion of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency. Transbronchial lung biopsy revealed large atypical lymphoid cells with positivity for CD3+. We diagnosed this patient as having a peripheral T cell lymphoma and we treated him with high dose corticosteroid. His clinical and radiologic findings rapidly improved and then he received a full dose of chemotherapy for the peripheral T cell lymphoma.


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