[Hamman-Rich syndrome in a goldsmith].


We report the case of a 54-year old goldsmith admitted because of dyspnea on exertion, persistent cough, and weakness under the suspicion of exogenous allergic alveolitis. He rapidly developed progressive lung fibrosis with exitus letalis 7 weeks after admission. Radiological examination (chest X-ray and HRCT) first showed ground glass opacties, and later rapid development of severe interstitial pattern with architectural distraction. The findings were similar to idiopathic lung fibrosis; however, the rare Hamman-Rich syndrome was confirmed by progressive course of the disease. Correlations between Hamman-Rich syndrome and idiopathic lung fibrosis are discussed.

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@article{Kirchner1997HammanRichSI, title={[Hamman-Rich syndrome in a goldsmith].}, author={Johannes Kirchner and Anthony Stein and Klaus Viel and Volkmar Jacobi}, journal={Aktuelle Radiologie}, year={1997}, volume={7 6}, pages={321-3} }