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What are treatment options for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Treatment for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis depends on the individual. In most cases, doctors will recommend that people with PLCH stop smoking. This alone can help reduce symptoms in many people. In some cases, doctors may recommend certain medications such as corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and improve breathing. For people whose PLCH has caused serious lung damage, lung transplants may be necessary, although this may not always be effective, especially if the person keeps smoking.

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