Author(s): Highland KB, Heffner JE
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Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review reports recent information on the occurrence of pleural effusions in association with disorders that produce interstitial parenchymal lung disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The occurrence of effusions has been expanded to include systemic sclerosis, polymyositis-dermatomyositis, several drugs, and several miscellaneous causes of interstitial lung disease (ILD). SUMMARY: Pleural effusions occur in patients with various forms of interstitial lung disease. The effusions require a clinical evaluation to exclude complications of therapy and coexisting conditions unrelated to the underlying ILD.
This article was published in Curr Opin Pulm Med
and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research