Numerous well-recognized manifestations of amiodarone pulmonary toxicity have been described since the advent of this medication for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. The typical presentation is a subacute infiltrative lung illness with bilateral infiltrates that develops within several years of treatment onset. We describe a previously unrecognized complication of long-term amiodarone use, characterized by cough and black airway pigmentation that resolved with discontinuation of amiodarone.
*Internal Medicine Residency, Department of Medicine
†Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Service, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
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Reprints: CPT Matthew J. Lincoln, DO, Department of Medicine (MCHE-MD), Brooke Army Medical Center, 3851 Roger Brooke Drive, FT. Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received for publication August 6, 2007; accepted August 21, 2007