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How do doctors diagnose bronchiolitis obliterans?

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If you have some of the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans, your doctor might recommend a computerized tomography scan of your chest. Several X-rays are taken from different angles and are put together to make a more complete picture. Your doctor also will probably want to test how well your lungs are working.

The only way to confirm if you have bronchiolitis obliterans is to have a biopsy, however. Your doctor will take a small piece of your lung to look at closely under a microscope. She might numb an area on your chest and use a long needle to get the sample.Or, you might have it done with surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: What Is Popcorn Lung? WebMD Medical Reference

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NIH Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Bronchiolitis obliterans."

American Lung Association: "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: "Flavorings-Related Lung Disease."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Toxicology Reports: "Pathology, toxicology, and latency of irritant gases known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans disease: Does diacetyl fit the pattern?"

EnvironmentalHealth Perspectives : "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

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Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Lung Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

NIH Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Bronchiolitis obliterans."

American Lung Association: "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: "Flavorings-Related Lung Disease."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Toxicology Reports: "Pathology, toxicology, and latency of irritant gases known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans disease: Does diacetyl fit the pattern?"

EnvironmentalHealth Perspectives : "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Sulfur Dioxide."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Occupational and Environmental Bronchiolar Disorders."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome -- The Achilles' Heel of Lung Transplantation."

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Lung Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 21, 2019

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