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Diagnostic Approach to the Patient With Diffuse Lung Disease

Authors
Journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
0025-6196
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
77
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4065/77.11.1221
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Detecting diffuse lung infiltrates on chest radiography is a common clinical problem. Many diverse pathological processes can cause diffuse lung disease. The presentation of these diseases can vary from acute to chronic and includes a wide array of radiological patterns that are optimally evaluated on high-resolution computed tomography of the chest. In diagnosing diffuse lung disease, it is helpful to focus on a few pivotal parameters to narrow the broad differential diagnosis. We describe the diagnostic approach to a patient with diffuse lung disease using the following key parameters: tempo of the pathological process, characteristics of the radiological pattern, and clinical context.

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