Pulmonary function testing in idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.

@article{Martinez2006PulmonaryFT,
  title={Pulmonary function testing in idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.},
  author={Fernando J Martinez and Kevin R. Flaherty},
  journal={Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={3 4},
  pages={
          315-21
        }
}
Diffuse parenchymal lung diseases are a group of disorders that involve the space between the epithelial and endothelial basement membranes and are generally segregated into four major categories. These include the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, which are further categorized into seven clinical/radiologic/pathologic subsets. These disorders generally share a common pattern of physiologic abnormality characterized by a restrictive ventilatory defect and reduced diffusing capacity (DLCO… CONTINUE READING

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