What increases my risk for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The cause of pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH) isn't known, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk. One of the most significant risk factors for PLCH is smoking cigarettes. How many years you've been smoking and number of cigarettes you smoke per day may affect the severity of your risk. In addition, PLCH is most common among Caucasians between the ages of 20 and 40, so you may be at a higher risk if you're part of that demographic.

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