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What medications treat pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Medications may be used to treat some cases of pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis. Most often, doctors will recommend that people with PLCH stop smoking, and then they may prescribe certain medications. Often, corticosteroids are prescribed to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Some cytotoxic drugs may also be prescribed to destroy the cells that cause tumors. In serious cases, radiation therapy or even lung transplantation may be used. Since PLCH is a systemic disease, other medications may be recommended for its varied symptoms. Talk to your doctor to find treatment options that are right for you.

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