Pulmonary fibrosis

Case contributed by Prof Oliver Hennessy


Eights months of worsening shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 82
Gender: Male

Reticulation at lung bases is suggestive of pulmonary fibrosis. These changes are often best appreciated in scleroderma when fibrosis involving the bases is established.


HRCT shows sub pleural reticulation changes in an apico-basal distribution. There is evidence of traction bronchiectasis and honeycomb formation in both bases

Case Discussion

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) describes those cases when no cause for the fibrosis can be found.

Known causes of pulmonary fibrosis include asbestosis, chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, collagen vascular disorders and amiodarone.

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Case information

rID: 33065
Case created: 29th Dec 2014
Last edited: 28th Nov 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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