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Pulmonary fibrosis represent a large number of conditions that
involve the parenchyma of the lung -- the alveoli, the alveolar
epithelium, the capillary endothelium, and the spaces between these
structures, as well as the perivascular and lymphatic tissues. The
histologic hallmark and chief diagnostic criterion of interstitial
pneumonia is a heterogeneous appearance at low magnification with
alternating areas of normal lung, interstitial inflammation, fibrosis,
and honeycomb changes.
- Cryptogenic (idiopathic)
- Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
- Infective ?TB
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Collagen vascular diseases
Symptoms of pulmonary edema include
difficulty breathing, coughing
up blood, excessive sweating, anxiety and pale skin. If left
untreated, it can lead to death.
Pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed by a
plain chest x-ray. The x-ray will show the
diffuse reticular or reticulo-nodular appearance.
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