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J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1993 Jan-Feb;17(1):46-50.

High resolution CT in respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease.

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Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.


High-resolution CT findings have been described for several diffuse lung diseases. Respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) is an inflammatory lung disorder associated with cigarette smoking. This condition has only recently been described and distinguished from desquamative interstitial pneumonitis, which it closely resembles. We describe high-resolution CT findings in five cases of biopsy-proven RB-ILD. The findings are variable and range from no detectable abnormality to atelectasis, ground-glass opacities, emphysema, and linear and reticular interstitial abnormalities.

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