Diffuse infiltrative lung disease

R. T. Zeck, D. W. Cugell

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A large number of diseases produce a diffuse infiltration of the lung. Some are primarily lung disorders and others are manifestations of diseases arising elsewhere. The spectrum of pathologic change includes inflammation, malignant degeneration, fibrosis, and accumulation of materials such as lipid, protein, and fluid. Many of the various infiltrative disease exhibit some common clinical, radiologic, physiologic, and at times pathologic findings. Examples of some diseases associated with the diffuse pulmonary infiltrates are discussed. Each disease has certain unique features but they all have common features as well, primarily in the appearance of the chest x-ray film and in alteration of lung function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1251-1266
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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