Leonard Rossoff, MD


A covert cause of hypoxemia: Intravascular pulmonary lymphoma

October 23, 2008

We describe a patient with intravascularpulmonary lymphomawho presented withprogressive dyspnea and hypoxemiawith normal chest radiographicfindings. After anunrevealing noninvasive evaluation,a high-grade B-cellintravascular lymphoma wasdiagnosed by bronchoscopywith transbronchial biopsy.Treatment with a modifiedCHOP regimen resulted in resolutionof the patient’s hypoxemiaand exercise limitation.Although intravascular pulmonarylymphoma rarely presentswith pulmonary symptoms,it should be consideredin the differential diagnosis ofpatients presenting with hypoxemiaand normal chest radiographicfindings.