Purpose of review: Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) occurs in both post-lung transplant and nontransplant-related individuals, and is characterized by mainly irreversible airflow obstruction that is often ultimately progressive. Recent findings: While post-lung transplant BO is a major cause of lung allograft dysfunction, and hence is better characterized than nontransplant-related BO, it is likely that many similarities in pathogenesis and treatment apply to both categories. Summary: Optimal management for BO remains to be established, and the role of retransplantation in this disease requires further consensus. Minimization of risk factors for BO and earlier detection in the form of methacholine challenge testing and HRCT scans of the chest amongst other forms of detection, may help in the stabilization and possible resolution of early BO.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine|
|State||Published - Mar 2004|
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine