oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - A brief overview of IPF and NSIP : more about... pulmonology

Volume 31, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs), also called interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), are a heterogeneous group of rare disorders that cause expansion of the interstitial compartment by varying degrees of inflammation and fibrosis, resulting in parenchymal damage. This group of lung diseases is subdivided into four categories, one of which is the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) (Table 1). The IIPs account for 25 - 30% of all DPLDs, each with distinct clinicopathological and radiological features. Within this subgroup, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (iNSIP) account for 55% and 25% of cases, respectively.

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