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Scheidl, SJ; Kusej, M; Flick, H; Stacher, E; Matzi, V; Kovacs, G; Popper, HH; Costabel, U; Olschewski, H.
Clinical Manifestations of Respiratory Bronchiolitis as an Incidental Finding in Surgical Lung Biopsies: A Retrospective Analysis of a Large Austrian Registry.
Respiration. 2016; 91(1):26-33 Doi: 10.1159/000442053 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Scheidl Stefan
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Flick Holger
Kovacs Gabor
Matzi Veronika
Olschewski Horst
Popper Helmuth
Stacher-Priehse Elvira

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While respiratory bronchiolitis (RB) is a frequent histopathological finding in smoker's lungs, RB-associated interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) remains a rare disease. We analyzed how the histological finding of RB was associated with clinical information in a series of 684 consecutive surgical lung biopsies. Retrospective analysis with delineation of clinical manifestations, smoking habits, pulmonary function test, and blood gas analysis in patients with RB in surgical lung biopsy. In 240 of these biopsies, RB was diagnosed, and in 146 of these cases a full clinical dataset was available. The final diagnosis of these 146 patients was consistent with RB-ILD (n = 18), pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (n = 7), various ILD (n = 9), spontaneous pneumothorax (n = 43), traumatic pneumothorax (n = 5), lung cancer (n = 41), various benign lung tumors (n = 8), and chronic pulmonary effusion (n = 15). Smoking history was positive in 93% of patients, 72% revealed centrilobular emphysema in their biopsy, and 58% described dyspnea as the main symptom. Amongst these diagnoses there were significant differences in age and smoking habits, but only small distinctions in pulmonary function test and blood gas analysis. Out of the patients with RB-ILD, 17% developed lung cancer in the later course. RB is strongly related to smoking, emphysema, and dyspnea and frequently associated with lung cancer. RB-ILD is a rare disease that may represent a considerable risk for lung cancer. Pulmonary function testing and blood gas analysis do not differ between RB-associated diseases. The finding of RB should prompt further diagnostic workup, and in case of RB-ILD, entail regular screening for lung cancer. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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