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Is pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH) serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH) may be serious, especially if it's left untreated. Most of the time, symptoms of PLCH start out relatively mildly with difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent cough, and fever. If left untreated, the disease will continue to damage lung tissue and my result in more serious problems like collapsed lung or lung infections. PLCH may also lead to other complications like lung cancer. Because of these potential risks, it's important to talk to your doctor if you notice any symptoms of PLCH.

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