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Minerva Pediatrica 2004 April;56(2):157-60

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Diagnostic clues in the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis of children

Rigante D., Stabile A.


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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in children is a heterogeneous group of progressive disorders characterized by variable extents of inflammation and interstitial deposition of collagen fibers with numerous putative triggers. Children affected with this condition show breathlessness, non-productive cough and bibasilar/inspiratory dry rales. Diagnosis can be obtained by the exclusion of all known causes of fibrosing alveolitis such as neoplasms, toxic treatments, collagen vascular diseases, occupational exposure or granulomatous diseases.

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