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August 1973

Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonia: Pathological Findings and Follow-Up in 13 Patients

Author Affiliations


From the departments of surgical pathology (Drs. Patchefsky and Hoch) and medicine (Dr. Fraimow), Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):222-225. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080066013

Of 13 patients having desquamative interstitial pneumonia, six patients had abnormal serum antibody levels for extrapulmonary symptoms, while eight patients had interstitial fibrosis as a histological feature. Follow-up has shown that three patients died of disease and one shows progressive pulmonary insufficiency. The presence of pulmonary fibrosis in the biopsy specimen correlated with the clinical outcome.

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