Idiopathic lipoid pneumonia successfully treated with prednisolone

Filippo Lococo, Alfredo Cesario, Venanzio Porziella, Antonino Mulè, Gianluigi Petrone, Stefano Margaritora, Pierluigi Granone

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Lipoid pneumonia (LP) is a rare type of pneumonia that is radiologically characterized by lung infiltrates, although imaging alone may not be diagnostic. We describe an unusual 61-year-old patient with idiopathic LP presenting as a solitary pulmonary nodule mimicking lung cancer because of its rapid growth. After treatment with oral prednisone, a control chest radiogram indicated complete normalization of the radiologic features. This case shows that LP should be considered in the diagnostic assessment of any undefined pulmonary mass, after malignancy has been pathologically excluded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Idiopathic pneumonia
  • Lipoid pneumonia
  • Prednisolone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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