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I just had a biopsy of my lung done at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and this was the diagnosis that they gave me. Can someone help me understand what this means in laymens terms?? Thank you very much


"No granulomas are seen. Coarse honeycombing is not present. Moderate numbers of fibroblast foci are present. The features do not suggest chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.  Some of the preserved alveoli show some interstitial inflammation and widening that may reflect some recent activity of the process. The findings are compatible with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis"

Tue, 1 Dec 2009
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Hi... The report mentioned are the pathological changes seen in long standing infection/allergic (hypersensitivity) pnemonia/pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition where some cells(alveoli) of the frame work(interstitium) are replaced by collagen tissue(fibroblast) and results in widening of the normal alveoli..... Absence of granuloma mean that infection and allergic reavtion have been ruled out.  The reprt also suggest that the root cause for this to happen is unknown(idiopathic)....

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