Hamman-Rich Syndrome: A Diagnosis of Exclusion in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cureus. 2020 Aug 19;12(8):e9866. doi: 10.7759/cureus.9866.


Hamman-Rich syndrome is a rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease with acute respiratory distress syndrome physiology. It carries a grave prognosis and a high early mortality rate. It is often distinguished from other similar pulmonary pathologies based on the clinical course, laboratory findings, bronchoalveolar lavage testing, and pathology report. We detail a 77-year-old lady with no prior pulmonary disease, smoking history, or occupational and environmental exposures present to the emergency department found to be in acute hypoxic respiratory failure with impressive progressive radiographic findings. The presumptive diagnosis of Hamman-Rich syndrome was made based on a combination of factors after ruling out other similar clinical entities, especially in the setting of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

PMID:32963907 | PMC:PMC7500727 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.9866