Diagnostic approach to the patient with diffuse lung disease

Jay H. Ryu, Eric J. Olson, David E. Midthun, Stephen J. Swense

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number61812
Pages (from-to)1221-1227
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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