Three cases of immunoglobulin G4-related respiratory disease with uncommon imaging findings IgG4-related respiratory disease with uncommon imaging findings

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Hakan Abdullah Özgül
Naciye Sinem Gezer
Sermin Özkal
Emine Burçin Tuna
Nezih Özdemir
Pınar Balcı


IgG4, Lung, Computed tomography


Background: Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a rare multisystemic idiopathic fibroinflammatory disorder. The rare form of IgG4-RD with isolated thorax involvement is called immunoglobulin G4-related respiratory disease (IgG4-RRD). IgG4-RRD, which is reported in a limited number of cases in the literature, can be categorized into four types on the prevalent chest computed tomography (CCT) findings: solid nodular, round-shaped ground-glass opacity, alveolar interstitial, and bronchovascular. Solid nodular form of IgG4-RRD with mass-like lesions is sporadic and described in the literature with a small number of case reports.  Objectives/Methods: We aim to present the radiologic, pathologic, and clinical findings of three cases of IgG4-RRD mimicking lung cancer. Results: In all three patients, IgG4-RRD occurred with mass-like lesions in the thorax. In case-1 and 2, CCT showed multiple, nodular lesions and multiple mediastinal lymph nodes. On positron emission tomography with 2-deoxy-2-[fluorine-18] fluoro- D-glucose integrated with computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT), the masses showed increased 18F-FDG uptake in case-2 and 3. The gold standard histopathological verification for IgG4-RRD was provided for all cases. Conclusions: IgG4-RD is an immune-mediated condition comprised of a collection of disorders that share particular pathologic, radiologic, serologic, and clinical features. Isolated IgG4-RRD is rarely seen and is available in the literature as case reports. IgG4-RRD, which can make lung involvement in different patterns, rarely appears with mass-like lesions. Still, IgG4-RRD must be considered in the differential diagnosis of mass lesions detected in CCT. Laboratory, radiological, and histopathological findings of the disease should be evaluated together for an accurate diagnosis.


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