AtLAs of INterstItIAL LuNg DIseAse PAthoLogy Pathology with high resolution CT correlations Ebook PDF download
AtLAs of INterstItIAL LuNg DIseAse PAthoLogy Pathology with high resolution CT correlations Ebook PDF download Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is an extremely confus- any given ILD and also to illustrate the various differening topic, and this problem extends from clinicians to radiologists to pathologists.
Confusion arises in part because of the sheer number of ILDs; clinicians can name more than 150 separate entities. From the point of view of the pathologist there are many fewer diagnosable patterns, but this phenomenon immediately raises the question of how to make those patterns correspond to clinically defined diseases, particularly so because, at first glance, there appears to be considerable morphologic overlap among these various conditions. A further source of con- fusion is that much of what is called “interstitial” lung disease is really characterized by processes that take place largely in the airspaces—bronchiolitis obliterans organiz- ing pneumonia (BOOP) is a good example—or those that affect primarily small airways; for example, constrictive bronchiolitis.
However, we believe that the biggest problem for pathologists trying to deal with ILD is that the non-lung specialist will see relatively few such cases in a year, and turning to standard textbooks provides only limited help because textbooks by their very nature can supply only a few illustrations of any particular condition.
This Atlas is intended to address this problem by pro- viding a large number of illustrations to give the practic- ing pathologist a feel for the morphologic spectrum of tial diagnoses of any particular condition, something that textbooks often do not provide. For this reason we have included some uncommon variants of relatively common ILD; for example, fibrosis in chronic eosinophilic pneumo- nia (CEP) and in BOOP, interstitial spread of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), and progression of desquama- tive interstitial pneumonia (DIP) to a picture of fibrotic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP). We have also included some material on imaging in every chapter, be- cause non-neoplastic lung disease in general and ILD in particular is very difficult to diagnose without clinical and especially radiologic information. Conversely, we hope that radiologists will find this volume to be helpful in un- derstanding the pathologic changes behind the radiologic appearances. But this book is not intended as a general detailed text on clinical features, imaging, pathogenesis, treatment, and so on of ILD, and we have also purposely kept references to an absolute minimum. Rather the book is meant as a quick reference whereby one can look at a set of pictures and get a reasonable idea of whether and how well a particular case shows the diagnostic features of a particular disease.