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Clinical Commentary: IDIOPATHIC INTERSTITIAL PNEUMONIA |

Cellular vs Fibrosing Interstitial Pneumonias and Prognosis*: A Practical Classification of the Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias and Pathologically/Radiologically Similar Conditions

Andrew Churg, MD; Nestor L. Müller, MD, PhD
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*From the Departments of Pathology (Dr. Churg) and Radiology (Dr. Müller), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Correspondence to: Andrew Churg, MD, Department of Pathology, University of British Columbia, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2B5; e-mail: achurg@interchange.ubc.ca



Chest. 2006;130(5):1566-1570. doi:10.1378/chest.130.5.1566
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The 2002 American Thoracic Society (ATS)/European Respiratory Society (ERS) classification1 of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias represents a major advance in our understanding of these entities. The classification defines the features of a number of entities, emphasizes the necessity of correlating pathologic findings on biopsy with radiologic and clinical data to arrive at a diagnosis, and in particular sets out idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (usual interstitial pneumonia [UIP]) as a disease with a poor prognosis.

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