Cite this page: Weisenberg, E. Obliterative bronchiolitis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/lungnontumorobliterativebronch.html. Accessed July 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
- Associated with bone marrow, heart and lung transplants, rheumatoid arthritis, penicillamine or gold therapy and post viral infection, especially adenovirus
- Associated with chronic rejection in lung transplant patients, an irreversible condition with poor prognosis
Microscopic (histologic) description
- May be patchy, fibrosis in submucosa of bronchioles leading to partial or complete occlusion of small airways
- Inflammatory cell infiltrates may or may not be present
- Organizing pneumonia may be present