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The Radiologic Differential Diagnosis of Diffuse Lung Diseases Characterized by Multiple Cysts or Cavities

Lee, Kyung-Hee; Lee, Jin Seong; Lynch, David A.; Song, Koun-Sik; Lim, Tae-Hwan

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: January/February 2002 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - pp 5-12
THORACIC IMAGING: Pictorial Essay

A variety of pulmonary diseases have diffuse cystic abnormalities within the lungs, including emphysema, cystic bronchiectasis, desquamative interstitial pneumonia, lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia, usual interstitial pneumonia, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Langerhans histiocytosis, cystic metastasis, Wegener granulomatosis, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, pulmonary paragonimiasis, and septic pulmonary emboli. CT can easily detect cystic abnormalities as common features in many diseases. However, some characteristic pattern of them can facilitate specific diagnoses.

From the Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea (K.-H. Lee, J. S. Lee, K.-S. Song, and T.-H. Lim); and Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, U.S.A. (D. A. Lynch).

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. J. S. Lee at Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1 Poongnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea. E-mail: jslee@http://www.amc.seoul.kr

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.