Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome Mimicking Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

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Abstract

We present the case of a man with Mounier-Kuhn syndrome (MKS), or tracheobronchomegaly, who was referred to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center because of a potential diagnosis of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare condition in men. The patient was evaluated using ongoing protocols and provided written informed consent. The case demonstrates the presence of chronic inflammation surrounding the dilated airways and histologic changes of the lung parenchyma with emphysematouslike disruption in areas adjacent to the dilated airways. This finding suggests that damage to the lung parenchyma is an ongoing phenomenon in MKS. Moreover, our analysis of CT images indicates similar abnormalities in areas remote from the dilated airways. Finally, because of increased anatomic dead space, calculation of lung diffusion capacity by the single-breath method yielded abnormally low values that required making a correction for the large anatomic dead space, which can be measured by the single-breath nitrogen washout test.

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