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How does smoking affect pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH). Toxins in cigarette smoke are believed to cause an abnormal inflammatory reaction within cells in the lungs that can lead to the adult-onset form of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis. Because of this, doctors recommend that all people with PLCH stop smoking immediately. This may help reduce symptoms and slow the progression of lung damage. Quitting smoking may also help reduce your risk of getting PLCH in the first place.

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