Understanding Diffuse Lung Disease in Children: Rationale for a New Classification System
Recent efforts to improve our understanding of diffuse lung disease in children are leading to new knowledge of this diverse group of diseases and a greater ability to care for these patients . For adult patients, collaboration between societies resulted in a classification system that has formed the basis for understanding and further investigating these diseases for the past decade . No such system is used for children with such diseases. The adult system has been applied to children, but with limited success. This is not surprising, as there are marked differences between diffuse lung disease in adults and in children.
KeywordsLung Biopsy Chronic Granulomatous Disease Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Bronchiolitis Obliterans Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
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