Respiratory bronchiolitis associated with interstitial lung disease and desquamative interstitial pneumonia

Clin Chest Med. 2004 Dec;25(4):717-26, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2004.06.004.


This article explores issues of the diagnosis and management of respiratory bronchiolitis, respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease, and desquamative interstitial pneumonia. These three diseases have common and overlapping features and sometimes are viewed as a continuum of smoking-induced disease, rather than as distinct and separate entities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchiolitis / complications
  • Bronchiolitis / diagnosis*
  • Bronchiolitis / pathology
  • Bronchiolitis / therapy*
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / etiology
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / pathology
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / therapy*
  • Prognosis
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed