Bronchiolitis is a broad term that refers to any form of inflammation of the bronchioles. It can carry variable clinical, functional and morphological expression. Bronchiolar disease may be a primary or a secondary condition.
According to some authors, there is some overlap with the term small airways disease 5.
The presence of bronchiolitis is best assessed with HRCT.
One method of classifying various forms of bronchiolitis is as follows 1
- infective bronchiolitis/infectious bronchiolitis
- bronchiolitis associated with hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- respiratory bronchiolitis/respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease
- follicular bronchiolitis
- bronchiolitis with associated bronchiectasis/bronchioloectasis
Exact radiographic features are best discussed under each sub topic.
Other specific forms according to underlying pathology include
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