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[A Rare Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Cough]

Michael Dicker, Tino Schneider, Johannes Von Kempis & Markus Diethelm

abstract History and admission findings We report on a 62-year-old male patient with dry cough for 3 months, constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers. Investigations Despite extensive diagnostics no infectious, malignant or rheumatologic disease could be found. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed lymphocytosis. 18-FDG-PET/CT demonstrated increased metabolic activity of the aorta and its primary branches. Diagnosis, treatment and course We diagnosed large vessel vasculitis consistent to a subtype of giant cell arteritis (GCA) without cranial manifestation. Immunosuppressive therapy resulted in prompt resolution of symptoms and normalizing of inflammatory markers. Conclusions Elderly patients with unexplained fever, cough and constitutional symptoms should be investigated for GCA, even when classic symptoms are absent. Respiratory symptoms occur in about 4 % as initial and only presenting manifestation of GCA and in about 9 % along with classical symptoms.In cases with unclear focus of inflammation 18-FDG-PET/CT is becoming more and more important as a diagnostic tool.
   
citation Dicker M, Schneider T, von Kempis J, Diethelm M. [A Rare Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Cough]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2017; 142:1751-1755.
   
type journal paper/review (Translation2::getLang(): unknown language "". Use Translation2::setLang() to set a default language.)
date of publishing 16-11-2017
journal title Dtsch Med Wochenschr (142/23)
ISSN electronic 1439-4413
pages 1751-1755
PubMed 29145680
DOI 10.1055/s-0043-119784