When you auscultate the chest and hear crackles consistent with pulmonary fibrosis, the first thing that should go through your mind is the differential list – which usually gets broken up into upper and lower lobe causes. Although ankylosing spondylitis, radiation, and even tuberculosis are familiar – but silicosis isn’t usually. So luckily, here’s a review from the Lancet to update you.
The article runs through the occupational lung disease – the pathogenesis, the basis of diagnosis, and how to manage a disease that has no specific treatment. Prevention, as always, is key. To learn more, read the article here.
source | The Lancet
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