Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2012 / Article

Clinico-Pathologic Conferences | Open Access

Volume 19 |Article ID 129403 |

Faranak Esmaeilbeigi, Stephen Juvet, David Hwang, Shikha Mittoo, "Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonitis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 19, Article ID 129403, 3 pages, 2012.

Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonitis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP) is a rare form of interstitial lung disease (ILD) commonly found among healthy smokers. ILD is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and typically associated with a histopathological pattern of nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP). The present article describes an unusual case of DIP in a non-smoking patient with SLE presenting as NSIP. DIP can occur in the context of SLE in patients with a negative smoking history, and clinicians should consider lung biopsy to correctly classify ILD with unusual presentation on computed tomography scan.

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