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Alternate Names : Pulmonary Histiocytosis X, Histiocytosis X, Eosinophilic Granuloma, Nonlipid Reticuloendotheliosis, Langerhans Histiocytoses, Letterer-Siwe Disease, Hand-Schuller-Christian Disease, Pulmonary Langerhans' Granulomatosis

Histiocytosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

In adults, the diagnosis of histiocytosis is made by:

  • chest x-ray
  • bronchoscopy, in which a small sample of the airways are removed and the airways are examined through a small scope
  • pulmonary function tests, a group of tests that measure the lungs' capacity to hold air, move air in and out, and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • In children the diagnosis is made by:

  • bone x-rays that show the "punched-out" appearance of bone lesions
  • x-rays of the entire body, to determine how much bone is involved
  • biopsies, or small samples, taken from the bone, bone marrow, and skin
  • blood tests

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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