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Interstitial Lung Disease Series-Part 1- Usual Interstitial pneumonia

ILD is one of the most difficult topics for the residents to understand. We have put together simple series with points to remember for each type. We agree, it is highly controversial and our points are comprehensive and may need revision periodically.  All we are offering are some typical things to remeber and pictures and this in no way is exhaustive and conclusive .

Main Contributor- Dr MGK Murthy.
Edited and Series Concept by Sumer Sethi

There are 6 types of Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias, also called interstitial lung disease. We will present six posts in this series called as Interstitial Lung Disease Series.

Case Number-1

Usual Interstitial pneumonia
Points to be noted

-lower lobes symmetrical  involvement
-extensive honey combing
-absence of ground glass opacities
-lack of subpleural sparing

Short Notes on Usual Interstitial pneumonia 

Mostly male smokers      
Takes years to develop
Exertional dyspnoea and cough
HPE       Alveolar epithelialcell injury              
CXR       Diffuse Reticular shadows both lower zones  & peripheral cystic honeycombing  
HRCT     Traction Bronchiectasis, diffuse patchy subpleural  reticulations  
Treatment     Lung transplant  
Morality    50-70%in 5 yrs      
Interstitial Lung Disease Series-Part 1- Usual Interstitial pneumonia Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Sunday, November 07, 2010 Rating: 5

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