Dapsone induced eosinophilic pneumonia

T. Adar*, O. Tayer-Shifman, M. Mizrahi, S. Tavdi, O. Barak, M. Shalit

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Eosinophilic lung diseases (ELD) are a variety of several clinical entities, which may result from different etiologies, including drug treatment. Dapsone, a sulfone antibiotic widely used in leprosy (among other indications), has been described as a possible cause of ELD. We report a patient with leprosy who presented with respiratory symptoms and pulmonary infiltrates and was diagnosed as suffering from eosinophilic pneumonia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in which the diagnosis of dapsone-induced eosinophilic pneumonia was supported by bronchoalveolar lavage, lung biopsy and typical response to therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dapsone
  • Eosinophilic pneumonia
  • Leprosy


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