Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis: diagnosis and treatment

Hosp Med. 1998 May;59(5):364-8.


Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis is increasingly common, and often affects elderly males. High resolution computed tomography is the optimum means of diagnosis. Most patients try steroids but only 10-20% show an objective response. Alternative medical treatment is available, but the results are poor. Single lung transplantation may be offered to suitable patients with life-threatening disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cyclosporine / therapeutic use
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / diagnosis*
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Radiography


  • Glucocorticoids
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Cyclosporine
  • Prednisolone