Pulmonary fibrosis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Retired female patient with shortness of breath. Former occupation unknown.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years old
Gender: Female

Increases subpleural reticular markings throughout both lungs, with an upper lobe predominence.


Case Discussion

Pulmonary fibrosis has a wide differential, although idiopathic ( aka UIP ) is the commonest causes.

It is strongly associated with rheumatological conditions as well as occupational dust exposures.

Reticular markings and volume loss are key plain film features, however this is crude compared to the detail on HRCT.

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Case information

rID: 26936
Published: 15th Jan 2014
Last edited: 26th Aug 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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