Diffuse Lung Disease David Turner, M.D. I. Clinical Evaluation of the Chest Radiograph It is important to recognize that when we are faced with a patient with diffuse lung disease there are several radiographic patterns. It is often useful to separate out 3 types of radiographic patterns. First of all an interstitial pattern, often called reticulonodular. A. Radiographic patterns Secondly there is an alveolar pattern, and thirdly there is a nodular pattern. 1. Interstitial - reticulonodular The interstitial pattern or reticulonodular pattern is characterized by a lot of lines, dots, and streaks. There are about 150 different disorders that can produce this type of a. Known cause - inorganic dust (pneumoconiosis), organic dust pattern. That makes it very difficult to create a realistic sort of differential diagnosis. I think when approached with this type of radiograph the best thing is to try to break (hypersensitivity pneumonitis), iatrogenic (drugs, radiation down the long differential diagnosis. I find it is easiest to break it down into 3 therapy) categories. First of all, diseases of known cause, second of all, diseases of unknown cause, and third, mimicking causes, or causes that look like interstitial lung disease but b. Unknown cause - sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, in fact really fall out of the diagnostic category of what we usually consider in this broad pulmonary fibrosis with connective tissue disease group of disease. Under each of these 3 categories there are 3 separate sub-categories. For example, disease of known cause is inorganic dust, organic dust, and iatrogenic. Within the iatrogenic ones would be things such as drugs and radiation therapy. The 2. Alveolar - fluffy, often with air bronchograms drugs include cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Disease of unknown cause is sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary fibrosis associated with connective tissue a. Acute - cardiogenic pulmonary edema, non-cardiogenic disease. The mimicking causes are congestive heart failure, malignancy, and infections, pulmonary edema (ARDS), diffuse alveolar pneumonia, alveolar and of the infections, particularly viral pneumonia and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. hemorrhage When faced with a patient that has this type of interstitial pattern, it is actually worthwhile to go first to the 3rd cause, the mimicking causes and make sure that your not dealing with someone who might have heart failure, tumor, or infection. b. Subacute or chronic - sarcoidosis, bronchioloalveolar cell carcinoma, lymphoma, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, The second category is an alveolar pattern, and, unlike the interstitial pattern, this is a desquamative interstitial pneumonitis pattern that is more fluffy, cloudlike, or cottony and represents filling of alveolar spaces with fluid or an inflammatory infiltrate often. With the alveolar lung diseases I think it 3. Nodular - often suggests hematogenous origin is actually best to separate out 2 types of presentation either an acute presentation or a subacute or chronic presentation. With an acute presentation the easiest way to categorize of characterize alveolar lung disease is by thinking about the types of the a. Disseminated malignancy, tuberculosis, fungal disease, things that can fill alveolar spaces. For example, we can have a relatively low protein or pneumoconiosis, sarcoidosis, eosinophilic granuloma transudative type of fluid as we might see in a patient with cardiogenic pulmonary edema. We can see more of a relatively high protein fluid due to abnormal permeability B. Distribution of disease of the alveolar epithelium as we might see in the acute respiratory distress syndrome. Inflammatory fluid can occur in diffuse alveolar pneumonia, and we can have blood with diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. The subacute or chronic disorders that can fill 1. Lower lobe - idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis alveolar spaces. Those include sarcoidosis, bronchioloalveolar cell carcinoma, associated with connective tissue disease, asbestosis lymphoma, alveolar proteinosis, and DIP or desquamative interstitial pneumonitis. 2. Upper lobe - silicosis, sarcoidosis, eosinophilic granuloma The 3rd radiographic pattern is a pattern of nodular lung disease and these discrete nodules. This is actually from a patient with disseminated cancer. I should mention that the interstitial pattern was from scleredema interstitial lung disease. The diffuse alveolar 3. Non-anatomic margins - radiation-induced pulmonary disease pattern was from acute respiratory distress syndrome. This one though is from a patient who has disseminated carcinoma. For nodular lung disease, often what we are thinking 4. Peripheral distribution - chronic eosinophilic pneumonia; about are disorders that spread to the lung by hematogenous spread. For example, occasionally bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia disseminated malignancy or some of the granulomatous diseases when there has been spread of the organism to the lung that has resulted from hematogenous spread. Disseminated malignancy, tuberculosis, and fungal disease are examples of this. C. With hilar adenopathy - sarcoidosis, silicosis, berylliosis, malignancy However, there are some disorders that actually can produce a nodular pattern because of airway access to the lung such as the pneumoconiosis, the inhaled dust disorders. D. With pleural disease - asbestosis, RA, lupus, occasionally sarcoidosis. In Then there are a couple of idiopathic disorders, like sarcoidosis and eosinophilic AIDS, suggestive of KS. granuloma, that can produce nodular lung disease. One point to keep in mind is that sarcoidosis falls into all 3 categories, so sarcoid can produce an interstitial pattern, an alveolar pattern, and a nodular pattern. The distribution of disease, and by this I mean radiographic distribution of disease where it is in the lungs, can actually be very helpful as one try’s to put together the differential diagnosis. For example, lower lobe disease is relatively common in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis associated with connective tissue disease, or asbestosis related. In contrast, upper lobe disease is seen with silicosis, sarcoidosis, and eosinophilic granuloma. If we see margins that are non-anatomic and by that I mean relatively sharp margins that do not follow the distribution of lobar boundaries or fissures then we will often think about something like radiation pneumonitis or radiation fibrosis, which often tends to follow the ports of the radiation therapy. Finally a peripheral pattern and I will show you an example of this later where II. Diagnosis and Treatment of Diffuse Lung Disease the infiltrates are primarily along the periphery of the lung is seen in chronic eosinophilic pneumonia and sometimes in bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing A. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pneumonia. 1. Original description of Hamman-Rich syndrome was an acute Associated features on the radiograph may be helpful if there is hilar adenopathy we tend o think of sarcoid, silicosis, berylliosis, and malignancy. Silicosis and berylliosis interstitial pneumonia with rapid progression and death within are the 2 inhaled disorders for pneumoconiosis that can be associated hilar adenopathy. months; this is different from chronic idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis If we see associated pleural disease then obviously asbestosis, a couple of the connective tissue diseases particularly rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and occasionally with sarcoid, 2. Desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP) - not clear if a subtype of although less than 10% of patients with sarcoid will have involvement of the pleural. In IPF, a cellular variant of IPF, or a different disease. Desquamated a patient who has AIDS and has pleural disease then we often think about coexisting cells are primarily alveolar macrophages Kaposi sarcoma or Kaposi sarcoma really is the cause of the pleural disease particularly pleural effusion. a. Respiratory bronchiolitis in smokers may be associated with A few points about the pulmonary function features in a patient who has diffuse interstitial lung disease resembling DIP; ? part of a spectrum, parenchyma lung disease we generally will see a restrictive pattern of lung volumes since large majority of patients with DIP are also smokers characterized by a relatively symmetric decrease in lung volumes, total lung capacity, functional residual capacity, vital capacity, and residual volume. If we had to choose one of them that is most important I would have to say it is the total lung capacity and 3. Therapy the low total lung capacity is really what defines the presence of a restrictive physiologic pattern. We generally do not see airflow obstruction and that means that the FEV1/ a. Standard therapy is still prednisone forced vital capacity ratio is normal or actually may even be increased. However, if we look at the FEV1 in isolation or if we look at the forced vital capacity in isolation they b. Increasing interest in cyclophosphamide or azathioprine may be down, but they are down in proportion to the other lung volumes. The key thing used instead of, or in conjunction with steroids, but relative is they may be decreased but the ratio between them the FEV1/forced vital capacity ratio is normal. If we do see coexisting airflow obstruction based on a low FEV1 to role of steroids and other immunosuppressives is not yet forced vital capacity ration then that may clue us in to a few disorders such as clear histiocytosis X, which is the same as eosinophilic granuloma, lymphangioleiomyomatosis a rare disorder that I will mention later, sarcoid, and cystic B. Sarcoidosis fibrosis. All of those can have coexisting airflow obstruction. Typically the diffuse and capacity is decreased in the diffuse parenchyma lung diseases. However, the diffuse and capacity if it is increased we should think about alveolar hemorrhage because of red 1. Despite common finding of depressed cell-mediated immunity with cells in the alveolar spaces taking up carbon monoxide, or because of coexisting high cutaneous anergy, cell-mediated immune processes are enhanced left atrial pressures because of increased blood volume within the lungs capable of locally in the lung taking up carbon monoxide. That would be the case obviously with heart failure or mitral valve disease. a. Bronchoalveolar lavage - increased lymphocytes with increased CD4/CD8 ratio Next I would like to go through a number of the specific disorders. I’ll try to focus on a few of the interesting clinical features and treatment aspects of some of the diffuse parenchyma lung diseases. I’ll start by talking about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or 2. Pattern of parenchymal infiltrates on chest X-ray can be IPF. If I gave this talk in England I would be talking about cryptogenic fibrosing reticulonodular, nodular, or alveolar alveolitis. That is synonymous with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many people have heard and think about the term Hamman-Rich syndrome, which was the term that was 3. Endobronchial involvement can cause chronic cough and/or airflow coined in the 1940’s down at Hopkins for a disorder that was subsequently thought perhaps to be idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. If one goes back and looks at the original obstruction cases of Hamman-Rich syndrome it turns out that these cases were actually quite a bit different from what we think of as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis now. The Hamman- 4. Angiotensin converting enzyme levels - generally not useful for Rich cases were much more rapidly progressive and often lead to death within 6 months. diagnosis or for following disease activity In contrast idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is really a slowly progressive disease and one that progresses with fibrosis that occurs over the course of years rather than months. Although it can and certainly often does lead to respiratory failure and death as I said 5. Standard treatment is still corticosteroids; results with cyclosporine the issue is that it progresses over years rather than months. The term DIP or have been disappointing. ? role for methotrexate. desquamative interstitial pneumonitis is in some ways similar to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but in some ways different. The pathology is slightly different in the sense that C. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis there are cells within the alveolar spaces that actually represent macrophages. They are not desquamative alveolar cells, but rather are intra-alveolar inflammatory cells. The 1. Examples - farmer's lung; air conditioner or humidifier lung question that has come up is whether DIP represents a sub-type of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis with a fair amount of inflammation, or whether it represents a different disease and that is really not clear. It has been however, suggested that maybe there is actually 2. Pathology shows mononuclear cell infiltrate with poorly formed more of an association with some small airways disease. Many of the patients who have granulomas desquamated interstitial pneumonitis actually are smokers and they also often will have an inflammatory process in the small airways and one of the questions that comes up is 3. Distinction between acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis (fever, this more of a smoking related disease as opposed to a non-smoking related disease such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The treatment of IPF has really not improved much cough, dyspnea, pulmonary infiltrates hours after exposure) and over the past decade or even a couple of decades. We tend to just try to suppress the chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (mimics other forms of inflammatory response with prednisone generally. There are many people who favor chronic interstitial lung disease) using an immunosuppressive agent other than prednisone like cyclophosphamide has been used. There has not been really good head to head studies comparing those and I 4. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid shows lymphocytosis with would say that if you’d look across the country as far as what pulmonologist do I would low say maybe 60% will start with prednisone and about 40% will start with an agent such as cyclophosphamide. There really is no good data for head to head comparison. CD4/CD8 ratio Sarcoidosis is my favorite of the interstitial lung diseases. It also I think it is fair to say D. Eosinophilic granuloma (histiocytosis X) the most common of the interstitial lung diseases. We still to this day do not what causes sarcoidosis. The presumption is that sarcoid reflects a response to some agent, an 1. Atypical histiocytes (Langerhans' cells) in infiltrate; variety of cell immunologic response to some agent, whether or not it is an exogenous agent or perhaps even an indigenous agent isn’t really clear. It is also though that it may occur in any types in infiltrate with scattered eosinophils genetically susceptible host, although that has also not been well worked out. At the moment the National Institutes of Health has a multi-center study to try to sort out the 2. May have airflow obstruction; may have surprisingly normal lung ideology of the sarcoid. We have medical center and one of the 10 centers and the hope volumes for degree of interstitial disease seen on radiograph is by applying newer molecular biologic techniques we’ll be able to try to figure out what the ideology of sarcoid is. However, we can state a few points about sarcoid in 3. Chest X-ray and CT scan may show numerous small cysts and terms of describing what happens. One of the interesting immunologic features is that there seems to be a hyperactive T cell mediated immunologic response in the lungs that nodules; eventual progression to fibrosis and honeycombing seems to result in the formation of granulomas. If we look in the lungs to do a bronchoalveolar lavage for example, we can find an increased number of lymphocytes in 4. Presence of cysts explains possible clinical presentation with the lungs and also a high helper to suppressor cell ratio, high CD4 to CD8 ratio. In spontaneous pneumothorax contrast, if we look in the peripheral blood for example, we find a depression of T cell mediated responses as we think about things such as impaired delayed hypersensitivity patients are often anergic on skin testing. However, unlike patients with HIV infection 5. Very high association with smoking this cutaneous anergy and sarcoid is not associated with an increased risk of opportunistic infections. As I mentioned earlier radiographic patterns can be anything. 6. Quite variable natural history ranging from spontaneous resolution It can be reticulonodular, nodular, or alveolar. We often will see endobronchial to marked progression with honeycombing and endstage lung involvement. If we look with a bronchoscope we will see that there are often little bumps sometimes called cobble stoning in the airway surface that is often responsible for a 7. No clear response to any form of therapy, though significant problem with cough. In general angiotensin converting enzyme levels, which had been proposed in the past to be useful in the diagnosis of follow-up of patients with steroids/immunosuppressives often used the disease. I would have to say, in general, most people felt that they are not useful. There are a number of diseases that have been associated to high elevated levels E. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis including other granulomas diseases and the correlation is not necessarily all that great with activity of the disease. Corticosteroids remain the mainstay of therapy, but we 1. Exclusively in women, almost all of childbearing age really do not have any good evidence that corticosteroids alter the overall natural history of the disease even though they will acutely suppress many of the manifestations of the disease. One might think because of the presumed pathogenic role of T cells 2. Atypical smooth muscle proliferation around lymphatics, particularly T helper cells in this disease that cyclosporine might be useful, but actually bronchioles, small pulmonary vessels when it has been looked at the results have been quite disappointing so far. The other agent that there is a lot of interest in is methotrexate used primarily as a steroid sparing 3. Clinical presentation with any of the following: pleural effusion agent in this disease, but also potentially as a steroid alternative. There are some trials (chylothorax), interstitial lung disease (with cysts, similar to that are going on right now, but I don’t think that we really have any definitive information about the role of methotrexate versus steroids for sarcoid. eosinophilic granuloma), spontaneous pneumothorax, hemoptysis Another disorder in the lung that will often have some granulomas on pathology, 4. Like eosinophilic granuloma, may have airflow obstruction, normal although they are not as well formed as the granulomas of sarcoid. This is lung volumes despite interstitial pattern on chest radiograph hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Examples are being farmer’s lung, air conditioner or humidifier lung. For all of these basically the underlying pathogenesis is an immunologic response to an inhaled organic antigen. In the case of farmer’s lung and 5. Treatment - alteration of hormonal milieu, e.g., progesterone, all of these what we are dealing with is a response to thermophilic Actinomyces, a mold oophorectomy that can grow either in hay or can grow in a forced air system. The other common type of organic antigen would be an antigen from animals such as antigens form birds as F. Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia could be seen in bird breeders. The pathology is poorly formed granulomas. The disease can present either in an acute form or in a more chronic form. The acute form often presents as fever, constitutional symptoms, shortness of breath, and pulmonary infiltrates 1. Often in patients with underlying asthma occurring 4 to 6 hours after exposure. The chronic form presents more as a diffuse interstitial lung disease often in those patients where the underlying exposure is not 2. Term refers to eosinophils in the pulmonary, infiltrate, which is being recognized and they have repeated exposure. Interestingly enough if you look in interstitial and intra-alveolar the lungs by doing a bronchoalveolar lavage and recover cells you’ll find that there is a increased number of lymphocytes very similar to what we see in sarcoid, but they are a. Peripheral blood eosinophilia common but not present in all different lymphocytes. In sarcoid we have a high CD4 to CD8 ration where as in hypersensitivity pneumonitis the converse is true where the CD4 to CD8 ratio is actually patients low. 3. Often subacute presentation with dyspnea, cough, fever, other A few less common disorders and one is eosinophilic granuloma, which is also called constitutional symptoms histiocytosis X. It turns out that the name of this is somewhat of a misnomer in the sense that they really are not a huge number of eosinophils and we do not see well formed granulomas in this disease. Rather what we see is an accumulation of a type of 4. Typical peripheral distribution of infiltrates - photographic negative histiocytic cell called the Langerhans’ cell, which is normally found in the dermis, but of pulmonary, edema there are also Langerhans’ cells that appear to be important in the antigen processing in the lungs. These cells accumulate and they seem to proliferate in the lungs. It is not a 5. Often dramatic response to steroids - can be used for diagnostic trial neoplastic disorder of these cells. What we see often is that airflow obstruction is in setting of typical chest X-ray. Prolonged therapy (at least 6 relatively common in eosinophilic granuloma largely because there are cysts that form. months) usually necessary. I will show you this later. If one sees a combination of interstitial disease plus large lung volumes, or associated obstructive disease then eosinophilic granuloma is one of the disorders to consider. Chest x-rays and CT scans will often show nodular disease as 6. Distinguish from acute eosinophilic pneumonia, an acute febrile well as cysts. Because of the cysts patients may develop spontaneous pneumothorax if a illness with hypoxemic respiratory, failure, diffuse pulmonary. subpleural cyst ruptures. Interestingly enough there is an epidemiologic association of infiltrates, BAL eosinophilia, and a dramatic response to steroids this disorder with smoking that has never really been well worked out. We don’t without recurrence after withdrawal exactly know what it is, but the overwhelming majority of patients who have this disease our smokers. The natural history is variable. In some cases the disease will resolve on its own and in other cases the disease goes on to progressive respiratory insufficiency G. Bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP) and may require transplantation or it may lead to death. There is no proven treatment. Often people will use things like corticosteroids, but in fact they have never been shown 1. Pathology - fibrous plugs in small airways; organizing inflammatory. to work. This is an example of a high resolution CT scan of a patient who has infiltrate in pulmonary, parenchyma eosinophilic granuloma and what you can see first of all is that there are some nodular changes here. At the same time there are impressive cystic changes as well and these are responsible to some extent for the airflow obstruction and also for the spontaneous 2. Can be idiopathic (often called cryptogenic organizing pneumothoraces that can develop. It is pretty is easy to see that if this thing adjacent to pneumonitis), related to infection, associated with connective tissue the visceral pleural will rupture one will end with a spontaneous pneumothorax. disease Another disease that in some respects looks a little bit similar, but also is different from 3. Subacute illness with dyspnea, cough, constitutional symptoms eosinophilic granuloma is the one that has the longest name of all the interstitial lung diseases, which is, lymphangioleiomyomatosis often called LAM. It is an interesting disorder and it occurs exclusively in women. Almost all of who are of childbearing age 4. Chest radiograph often with patchy or localized alveolar infiltrates; and that certainly raises the issue if whether or not there may be a hormonal influence in can mimic bacterial pneumonia the production of the disease. The disease is characterized by atypical smooth muscle cell proliferation. The smooth muscle cells will proliferate around lymphatics, 5. Responds well to steroids; generally treated for months bronchioles, and small vessels. Involvement of each of these can lead to clinical manifestations. For example, one can see pleural effusion as a result of lymphatic blockage. You can see interstitial lung disease just as a result of the increased number of smooth muscle cells. Pneumothorax can develop as a result of involvement of bronchioles and airflow obstruction and cyst formation. Hemoptysis can occur as a result of vessel involvement. Like eosinophilic granuloma airflow obstruction is common, so one can see relatively normal lung volumes despite the presence of interstitial lung disease on chest x-ray. The treatment of the disease is felt to be hormonal manipulation and often what that may mean is progesterone therapy or actually going ahead to oophorectomy. This is an example of a chest radiograph of women with LAM. You can see that the lung volumes are actually very large here. The diaphragms are down. If you could see the lateral you’d actually see that the diaphragms are relatively flat. There is also sort of a hazy appearance over here. This is not just breast shadow, but there is a very subtle interstitial pattern there as well. Perhaps most dramatic though is the CT scan in someone like that. This is near the top of the lungs in the patient with LAM and what you see in this case is a very severe disease essentially all of the parenchyma is replaced with these cysts. It is really quite striking. You really don’t see anything that looks like gas exchanging area of the lungs. In fact, recognizing that this on a gross scale of a CT scan and this is more of what you would expect to see microscopically histologically of what alveolar septi look like. It is really quite striking. Another disorder is one that I think is very important to recognize for clinicians because it is really quite treatable and that is the disorder called chronic eosinophilic pneumonia. This is a disorder that is characterized by eosinophils in a parenchymal infiltrate within the lungs. The name eosinophilic pneumonia does not necessarily refer to peripheral eosinophils. It refers to eosinophils in the infiltrate. It turns out that these patients often will have peripheral eosinophilia, but they so not have to. The patients often will have underlying asthma, but again they do not have to have that either. When they present they present often over the course of weeks to even a month or two, so the presentation is more subacute. They will often have respiratory symptoms and they may have constitutional symptoms as well. By constitutional symptoms here I mean basically they may have fever, fatigue, etc. One often makes attentive diagnosis or one thinks through the diagnosis because of the finding of peripheral infiltrates, a so-called photographic negative of pulmonary edema. Many people feel that this radiographic pattern is typical enough so that one does not actually need to do a biopsy and one can treat the patient with corticosteroids and use that as an empiric diagnostic and therapeutic trial. The patients respond exquisitely to steroids so that often very dramatic radiographic infiltrates will melt over the course of a few days. This is an example of a patient who has chronic eosinophilic pneumonia and let me just point out toward the periphery of the lung here, these whitish areas, this doesn’t represent scapula. It does not represent pleural disease. It is actually parenchymal disease. On the other side as well you can see that there is this extra white stuff here and some up in the upper lung zones where as the more central areas are spared. Unlike what we think of with relatively central pulmonary edema, often a butterfly pattern, this is the opposite of that and that is why this is called the photographic negative of pulmonary edema. We see this chronic eosinophilic pneumonia and we also will see it in another slide after this. We may see it in bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia. In contrast to eosinophilic III. Important diagnostic methods pneumonia I do want to mention a disorder that is called acute eosinophilic pneumonia, which does not develop over weeks to months, but rather often develops over days as an A. High resolution CT scanning acute febrile illness that is associated with hypoxemic respiratory failure. The patients will have diffuse pulmonary infiltrates rather than the peripheral pulmonary infiltrates. 1. Width of cuts decreased from 10 mm to 1.0 or 1.5 ram, and special Like the patients with chronic eosinophilic pneumonia they will have lots of eosinophils in the lung parenchyma. If you do a bronchoalveolar lavage on either of the disorders algorithm used for spatial reconstruction you’ll find lots of eosinophils. These patients like the chronic eosinophilic pneumonia patients will respond dramatically to steroids, but what is different and what is 2. Can detect subtle disease not apparent on chest X-ray interesting is that in the acute eosinophilic pneumonia patients once they are treated the infiltrates melt and you taper them off steroids. They do not get a recurrence of their 3. Certain patterns suggestive of specific diagnoses disease. In contrast, patients with chronic eosinophilic pneumonia often need to be treated over a number of months and if you withdrawal the steroids prematurely then the disease will recrudesce. a. Lymphangitic carcinoma - polygonal pattern The next disorder is bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia or BOOP is b. Eosinophilic granuloma and lymphangioleiomyomatosis - really characterized by the pathology, which reflects the title. The pathology will show multiple small cysts bronchiolitis obliterans, which in practice means that there are fibrous plugs in small airways. The organizing pneumonia component means that one often sees in adjacent alveolar spaces is what looks like a chronic or resolving inflammatory infiltrate often c. Sarcoidosis - bronchovascular pattern with mononuclear cells. The ideology is there are a number of disorders that can be associated with bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia and therefore, rather d. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - heterogeneous pattern with than being a specific disease that actually may be a syndrome that has several prominent subpleural disease and cyst formation underlying ideologies. The probably most common is idiopathic. It can also be associated with infection as a post-infectious probably in the stage of resolution. It can B. Bronchoalveolar lavage also be associated with some underlying connective tissue diseases. Like chronic eosinophilic pneumonia the presentation is often subacute with respiratory and often with constitutional symptoms. The chest x-ray shows patchy or localized infiltrates and 1. Most useful for recovery of organisms, e.g., Pneumocystis in AIDS the treatment is generally with corticosteroids. These patchy or localized infiltrates may be very non-specific. They may look just like pneumonia and sometimes may have a 2. Typical patterns in some diseases, but generally not specific enough peripheral distribution mimicking chronic eosinophilic pneumonia. This is an example to replace biopsy of a patient with BOOP. You should ignore the fact that there is an enlarged heart here. This patient also had an underlying cardiomyopathy that was really not related. What the patient did have were these infiltrates. Here is one that is actually very much an a. Lavage lymphocytosis in sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity alveolar filling pattern on the left side as well as another patchy infiltrate on the right. pneumonitis; CD4/CD8 >2 in sarcoidosis and <1 in This patient was found by biopsy to have BOOP and was treated with steroids and the hypersensitivity pneumonitis infiltrates melted. b. Profile variable in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - some with Diagnostic methods and some of the newer diagnostic methods that are used in patients that have diffuse parenchymal lung disease. First of all, high resolution CT scan is now increased PMNs, some with increased lymphocytes very important in the diagnostic evaluation of these patients for 3 reasons. First of all, there are some patients where we can detect very subtle disease where the chest x-ray is 3. Histiocytosis X cells (with S-100 antigen) in eosinophilic granuloma actually normal, but the CT scan will show subtle abnormalities that just were not detected. Secondly, there are some disease specific patterns and I’ll show you some of C. Thoracoscopic lung biopsy - has generally replaced open lung biopsy these things such as lymphangitic spread of carcinoma, eosinophilic granuloma, and lymphangioleiomyomatosis. All of those have relatively typical patterns on CT scans because of better patient tolerance and shorter hospitalization that can suggest the diagnosis. Finally there is interest in whether or not the pattern of abnormality on CT scan reflects the activity of the disease with a ground-glass pattern suggesting more active and more inflammatory disease. This is an example of a CT scan in a patient who was short of breath, had restrictive disease on pulmonary function tests, and had a normal chest x-ray. The high resolution CT scan shows a patchy pattern of a sort of ground-glass increase in density and in between the areas of increased density are relatively normal areas that look sort of hypodense here. It turns out that the blacker areas are not the abnormal areas. It is not like these are cysts or areas of emphysema. If you could see the original you’d see that there are actually lung markings going through these areas, rather it is the ground-glass or somewhat whitish areas that are the abnormal areas. This patient on biopsy turned out to have a hypersensitivity pneumonitis and actually this particular pattern is often seen in patients who have a hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In contrast, this is sort of a linear pattern and actually is affecting a lot of interlobular septi and this is a pattern that we commonly will see in the spread of tumor throughout the lungs. Sometimes it is described as a polygonal pattern and may have geometric shapes. This is a high resolution CT scan of the patient with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which often has a pattern of distribution of a fair amount of fibrosis out toward the periphery of the lungs. 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