Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP)

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Shortness of breathing.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

CT Chest (selected images)

Peripheral septal thickening, macrocytic honeycombing, and traction bronchiectasis with an apicobasal gradient of distribution. Also noted paraseptal and centrilobular emphysema with large apical bullae suggestive of concomitant COPD. 

Case Discussion

The diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis requires the exclusion of other known causes of usual interstitial pneumonia, including use of toxic drugs, environmental exposure (asbestos), and collagen vascular disease.


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Case information

rID: 14571
Published: 5th Aug 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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