How are diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs) diagnosed?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor M Summerhill, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Incidental diagnosis may be made from a chest radiograph or abnormal screening spirometry findings obtained for unrelated reasons. Diagnosis may occur as a result of screening for high-risk occupational exposure, such as asbestos. Medical attention may be sought for other manifestations of systemic illness that also affect the lungs.


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