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Diagnostic Workup for Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease: Schematic Flowchart, Literature Review, and Pitfalls.
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PMID:  23149802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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PURPOSE: The term diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD) refers to a group of disorders affecting the lung parenchyma that can be categorized into those of known and those of unknown etiology. Early diagnosis is important since some forms of DPLD are characterized by a rapid progression to respiratory failure. Notwithstanding the fact that recently guidelines have been published, some issues concerning the practical evaluation of a patient with suspected DPLD remain unclear. METHODS: In this article we propose a practical approach to the diagnosis and differentiation of DPLD. Moreover, a critical appraisal is provided based on the current literature and frequent pitfalls are highlighted. CONCLUSION: we propose a practical workup, but in spite of increasing evidence concerning the diagnosis of DPLD, further studies will be needed to clarify several issues for efficient investigation of newly diagnosed patients with DPLD.
Authors:
Barbara Deconinck; Johny Verschakelen; Johan Coolen; Eric Verbeken; Geert Verleden; Wim Wuyts
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lung     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1750     ISO Abbreviation:  Lung     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701875     Medline TA:  Lung     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, deconinckbarbara@gmail.com.
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