December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii41
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies related to scientific frontiers in lung disease. The immune pathology of sarcoidosis is characterized by an exaggerated CD4 T cell response to an undefined antigens. Spontaneous remission occurs in the majority of subjects, but 30% of patients develon persistent pulmonary infiltrations and consequent fibrosis. Little is known about the pathogenesis of the dry cough which is a common and distressing symptom in cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis. The purpose of this study was to analyze the various histological parameters seen in usual interstitial pneumonia and their relationship to the rate of disease progression, assessed by lung function.


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