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BACKGROUND In 2002 the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) classification of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) defined seven specific entities, and provided standardized terminology and diagnostic criteria. In addition, the historical "gold standard" of histologic diagnosis was replaced by a multidisciplinary approach.(More)
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory multisystem disorder of unknown cause. Practically no organ is immune to sarcoidosis; most commonly, in up to 90% of patients, it affects the lungs. The nervous system is involved in 5-15% of patients. Neurosarcoidosis is a serious and commonly devastating complication of sarcoidosis. Clinical diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis(More)
The aims of this study were to assess the association of BTNL2G16071A with the course of pulmonary sarcoidosis and to verify the association with disease predisposition. In addition, the linkage between BTNL2G16071A and certain human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1/DQB1 types was investigated. In a retrospective case-control study BTNL2G16071A, HLA-DQB1, and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory T-cell-driven disease that can also affect bone. We evaluated bone remodelling and bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with sarcoidosis and their dependency of disease-related and treatment-related factors. METHODS In 124 patients BMD of the hip (DXA) and markers of bone resorption(More)
This review describes the usefulness of monitoring the activity level of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and its isoenzyme pattern as indicators of pathological conditions in the lungs, such as cell damage or inflammation. Cytoplasmatic cellular enzymes, like LDH, in the extracellular space, although of no further metabolic function in this space, are still of(More)
Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a neuropathy selectively involving small diameter myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers. Interest in this disorder has considerably increased during the past few years. It is often idiopathic and typically presents with peripheral pain and/or symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. Diagnosis is made on the basis of the clinical(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical utility of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) cell analysis for the diagnosis and management of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been a subject of debate and controversy. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) sponsored a committee of international experts to examine all relevant literature on BAL in ILD and provide(More)
Fatigue is a major problem in a wide range of diseases including sarcoidosis. However, there is no standard measure for assessing fatigue. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the usefulness of the Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS) in two samples of sarcoidosis patients. Sample 1 included 1 046 members of the Dutch Sarcoidosis Society and(More)