You could be reading the full-text of this article now if you...

If you have access to this article through your institution,
you can view this article in

Approach to Imaging Pulmonary Disease in the Immune Compromised Host

Lee, Theodore J. MD; Elicker, Brett M. MD

Clinical Pulmonary Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/CPM.0b013e3181677022
Colleagues in Respiratory Medicine
Abstract

The increasing number and variety of patients with compromised immune systems poses a diagnostic challenge for the chest physician. Manifestations of pulmonary disease on imaging studies are diverse, with substantial overlap possible between entities. This article reviews radiologic findings in common disease states encountered when treating immune compromised patients and provides a framework for approaching common imaging manifestations, such as air-space consolidation, ground-glass opacities, and nodules.

In Brief

The increasing number and variety of patients with compromised immune systems poses a diagnostic challenge for the chest physician. Manifestations of pulmonary disease on imaging studies are diverse, with substantial overlap possible between entities. This article reviews radiologic findings in common disease states encountered when treating immune compromised patients and provides a framework for approaching common imaging manifestations, such as air-space consolidation, ground-glass opacities, and nodules.

Author Information

From the Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Address correspondence to: Theodore J. Lee, MD, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 1X57, San Francisco, CA 94110. E-mail: theodore.lee@radiology.ucsf.edu.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.