Are there any imaging features that can help distinguish the cause of the peripheral reticular pattern

Are there any imaging features that can help distinguish the cause of the peripheral reticular pattern?

In most cases, there are no imaging features that help distinguish the different causes of the peripheral reticular pattern. Occasionally, extrapulmonary findings help, however, in the differential diagnosis of the peripheral reticular pattern. Approximately two thirds of patients with asbestosis also have asbestos-related pleural plaques. Patients with progressive systemic sclerosis may have a radiographically identifiable dilated esophagus as a result of CREST syndrome; CREST stands for c alcinosis cutis, R aynaud phenomenon, e sophageal dysfunction, s clerodactyly, and t elangiectasia. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may have erosions of the distal clavicles as a result of acromioclavicular arthritis. Causes of the peripheral reticular pattern of interstitial lung disease are reviewed here in the below

Causes of Peripheral Reticular Interstitial Lung Disease Pattern

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
  • Connective tissue disorders
    • Scleroderma, or progressive systemic sclerosis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Polymyositis/dermatomyositis
    • Mixed connective tissue disorder
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Asbestosis
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