Ascertainment of collagen vascular disease in patients presenting with interstitial lung disease.

@article{Mittoo2009AscertainmentOC,
  title={Ascertainment of collagen vascular disease in patients presenting with interstitial lung disease.},
  author={Shikha Mittoo and Allan C Gelber and Lisa Christopher-Stine and Maureen R. Horton and Noah Lechtzin and Sonye K Danoff},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={103 8},
  pages={1152-8}
}
INTRODUCTION Previous studies of interstitial lung disease (ILD) suggest that prognosis and therapeutic response are influenced by the presence of underlying collagen vascular disease (CVD). Yet, what proportion of patients presenting with ILD have CVD is largely unknown. We sought to determine the frequency of a new CVD diagnosis in an ILD referral population. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively studied 114 consecutive patients evaluated at the Johns Hopkins Interstitial Lung… CONTINUE READING

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