BOOP Symptoms & Treatments

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Q:
BOOP symptoms & treatments

A:
BOOP refers to bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia, also known as cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP). It is an inflammation of bronchioles.

BOOP is usually a complication of chronic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, or a side effect of certain medications such as amiodarone.

Common causes of BOOP include toxic fumes, ionizing radiations, bronchial obstruction, drugs, pulmonary infections, etc.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of BOOP usually develop slowly, the most common symptom is persistent, nonproductive cough, other symptoms also include:

  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Night sweats
  • Fevers
  • Chills

Treatments:
Some symptoms of BOOP may recover without treatment, however, others may need anti-inflammatory treatments.

The most common treatment for BOOP is corticosteroid medications, usually in the form of prednisone.

For rapid progressive form of BOOP, intravenous corticosteroid medication and Cytoxan may be used.

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