pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary or interstitial fibrosis is a descriptive term given when there is an excess of fibrotic tissue in the lung. It can occur in a wide range of clinical settings and can be precipitated by a multitude of causes.

Terminology

The term should not be confused with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is a progressive fibrotic lung disease.

Pathology

Fibrosis in the lung is a process that occurs in the interstitium. Pulmonary fibrosis can be localized, segmental, lobar, or affect the entirety of the lung(s). Among the many conditions associated with pulmonary fibrosis are:

Radiographic features

CT

There are many features that can imply underlying pulmonary fibrosis,  these include:

See also