From Salford Royal University Hospital.
Correspondence to: Peter Turkington, MD, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford M6 8HD, UK; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following confl icts of interest: Dr Turkington is the Chief Investigator for a research project on the early diagnosis of COPD and targeted smoking cessation, with a £50,000 grant from the Pfi zer Foundation. He has given six lectures per year to primary care staff, with honoraria from various pharmaceutic companies (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer). Dr O’Driscoll has reported no confl icts of interest with any companies_organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this letter.
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We thank Drs Chua and Mehta for their interest in our case series of seven patients with airway stenosis due to anthracotic material.1 We agree with Drs Chua and Mehta that the term “anthracostenosis” is a better description of the process that we reported than the older term “anthracofibrosis.” We used the original term “anthracofibrosis” in our case series because previous authors had used that term to describe the process. However, we agree that the fundamental bronchoscopic feature that we described was bronchial stenosis, so the term “anthracostenosis” has great merit and we suggest that future authors use this terminology.
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