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What is cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and its treatment?

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What is cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and its treatment?

Pulmonology | Posted on 07/18/2022 by Dr. Rakesh Godara



Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP) is basically a type of lung condition in which the function of small airways or the bronchioles, air sacs or alveoli get affected. Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia is basically a form of organizing pneumonia whose cause is unknown; as suggested by the term cryptogenic which means that no specific cause is known. Similarly, it is not an infection like pneumonia as the name suggests. According to various researchers, it is a fact that it is an autoimmune disease as it responds to immunosuppressive drugs. But one cannot guarantee its cause. This type of condition damages the lungs severely and requires regular checkups after treatment in order to cope with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. COP requires a lot of care as it can reoccur as a result of negligence. People who suffer from cryptogenic organizing pneumonia may take weeks or months in order to get normal.

Symptoms of Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia or COP:

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia shows symptoms that are close to or similar to pneumonia. The symptoms may vary from person to person but still, they have common symptoms that can be easily noticed. Some of the common symptoms of Cryptogenic organizing Pneumonia might include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever followed by sweat and shivering
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Chest pain
  • Joint pain
  • Coughing up blood

Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia Risks:

Both men and women are at equal risk of having Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia COP and it is more common among older individuals of age 50 to 60 years. People who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as lupus, and scleroderma rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk of developing Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia. Further, it can be caused due to a certain allergy or side effects of certain medications.

Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia Treatment:

Early diagnosis in the case of Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia helps in providing better treatment options. In cases where the condition of the patient is mild, it goes away naturally by taking mild medication. On the other hand in cases where the condition is severe then a prolonged treatment might be required. Usually, the doctor prescribes Corticosteroids such as prednisone in order to treat their condition and control their symptoms. Most people see improvement within a few weeks of medication but in cases where the treatment is not completed and people do not take medication regularly in such cases, it can recur after some time.  People who suffer from Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia should regularly analyze their condition and go for regular health checkups from the best physician in Jaipur to ensure good health.

Rukmani Birla Hospital is one of the top hospital in Jaipur. We have a team of the best chest specialists in Jaipur who are dedicated to providing the best treatment. Our Chest specialist in Jaipur makes customized treatment plans based on the condition and requirements of the patients. If you have any queries regarding lung diseases for the sorter then contact Rukmani Birla Hospital for expert assistance, care, and treatment.