Drug-induced lung disease

Drug-induced lung disease can result from a number of agents and can have a myriad of presentations, ranging from adult respiratory distress syndrome type picture to established pulmonary fibrosis.

Due to this it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the offending agent on imaging appearances alone. 


Chemotherapy agents

These can give several patterns of disease which include 1,5 :

Example agents include:

Immunosuppresive agents
Cardiovascular agents
Antibiotic agents

Can also the give similar patterns to that of chemotherapeutic agents. Examples include:

Anti-inflammatory agents
Recreational drugs
  • accidental or unintended inhalation or ingestion of various agents
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Article information

rID: 10797
System: Chest
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Drug induced interstitial lung disease
  • Drug induced pulmonary disease
  • Drug-induced lung injury
  • Drug induced interstitial pulmonary disease

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    Case 1: interstitial fibrosis from ABVD chemotherapy
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    Case 2: amiodarone lung
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    Case 3: Rituximab-induced interstitial lung disease
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