Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias: a re-appraisal of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
The American Thoracic and European Respiratory Societies' committees, charged with the task of defining the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, have recently published a statement on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and a statement on the other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias should follow this year. Of these diseases, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most lethal, and this review deals with the impact that the changes in the nomenclature will have on our understanding of this and the other diseases with which idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was previously confused and explores the implications of our new understanding on clinical practice. It also attempts to highlight areas of previous dogma in the literature that now need to be re-considered in the context of these more recent statements.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London, UK
Publication date: 2001-12-01
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