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Radiology. 2000 Sep;216(3):773-80.

Eosinophilic lung diseases: diagnostic accuracy of thin-section CT in 111 patients.

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Dept of Radiology, Osaka Univ Medical School, Suita, Japan.



To determine whether various eosinophilic lung diseases can be differentiated by means of thin-section computed tomography (CT).


Thin-section CT scans in 111 patients with eosinophilic lung diseases-40 with chronic eosinophilic pneumonia, 16 with Churg-Strauss syndrome, 16 with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), 13 with acute eosinophilic pneumonia, 12 with simple pulmonary eosinophilia, 11 with drug-induced eosinophilic pneumonia, and three with hypereosinophilic syndrome-were assessed independently by two observers. The observers recorded the abnormalities, diagnosis, and degree of confidence in the diagnosis.


The two observers made a correct first-choice diagnosis on average in 61% of readings. The correct diagnosis was made in 78% of cases of chronic eosinophilic pneumonia; 81%, acute eosinophilic pneumonia; 44%, Churg-Strauss syndrome; 84%, ABPA; 17%, simple pulmonary eosinophilia; 27%, drug-induced eosinophilic pneumonia; and 33%, hypereosinophilic syndrome. The two observers made a correct diagnosis with a high degree of confidence in 36% of readings. There was moderate agreement between the observers for the correct diagnosis (kappa, 0.47) and for the correct diagnosis with a high degree of confidence (kappa, 0.59).


Although eosinophilic lung diseases often can be differentiated by means of thin-section CT, correlation between CT findings and careful clinical evaluation are required for a definitive diagnosis.

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