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Long-term Outcomes of Adult Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis: A Prospective Cohort
PDPI Sulawesi Selatan & Utara, 23 Okt 2021 05:56:06


Background The long-term outcomes of adult pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH), particularly survival, are largely unknown. Two earlier retrospective studies reported a high rate of mortality, which contrasts with our clinical experience.

Methods To address this issue, all newly diagnosed PLCH patients referred to the French national reference centre for histiocytoses between 2004 and 2018 were eligible for inclusion. The primary outcome was survival, which was defined as the time from inclusion to lung transplantation or death from any cause. Secondary outcomes included the cumulative incidences of chronic respiratory failure (CRF), pulmonary hypertension (PH), malignant diseases, and extra-pulmonary involvement in initially isolated PLCH. Survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method.

Results Two hundred six patients (mean age: 39±13 years, 60% females, 95% current smokers) were prospectively followed for a median duration of 5.1 years (interquartile range [IQR], 3.2 to 7.6). Twelve (6%) patients died. The estimated rate of survival at 10 years was 93% (95% confidence interval [CI], 89–97). The cumulative incidences of CRF and/or PH were less than 5% at both 5 and 10 years, and 58% of these patients died. Twenty-seven malignancies were observed in 23 patients. The estimated standardized incidence ratio of lung carcinoma was 17.0 (95% CI, 7.45–38.7) compared to an age- and sex-matched French population. Eight (5.1%) of the 157 patients with isolated PLCH developed extra-pulmonary involvement.

Conclusions The long-term prognosis of PLCH is significantly more favourable than was previously reported. Patients must be closely monitored after diagnosis to detect severe complications early.

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