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Arava S, Nambirajan A, Hadda V, Jain D, Gupta SD. Systematic Pathological Approach in the Evaluation of Interstitial Lung Diseases: An Overview. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2017; 59 (1):23-32.
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) constitutes a heterogeneous group of non-neoplastic conditions characterised clinically by restrictive lung function, radiologically by reticulonodular type of infiltrates and pathologically by inflammation, alveolare-damage and fibrosis, predominantly involving the alveolar interstitium. Definitive categorisation of subtypes of ILDs is important as the prognosis and treatment is different in each case. Pathologist and radiologist play a major and equal role in the proper diagnosis of each case. Hence, multi-disciplinary team approach including respiratory clinician, surgeon, radiologist and pathologist is a must in all cases, as non-specific histopathological diagnosis can become a specific diagnosis on clinical-pathological and radiological discussion.
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