Interstitial lung disease
Last updated: Tuesday, 14, December, 2010
Review clinical features, particularly environmental and occupational history, for evidence of inhalation of dusts or fumes.
Bronchoalveolar lavage with cytology and differential cell count may be useful for diagnosis and follow up.
Lung biopsy if diagnosis uncertain; open lung biopsy may be indicated for some forms of diffuse disease.
Blood gases if indicated.See also Occupational lung disease
Inhalation of environmental agents
Inorganic dusts (pneumoconiosis), especially
Organic dusts (extrinsic allergic alveolitis)
Gases, fumes, vapours, especially
Cytotoxic drugs, especially
Granulomatous lung disease
Vasculitis associated, especially
|FBC, differential WCC, blood film; ESR; immunoglobulins G, A, M; antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies.|
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis)