What factors influence the likelihood of one interstitial disease over another interstitial disease?
Three primary factors affect the likelihood of a given interstitial disease:
- 1. The relative incidence of a given disease in the general population. Typical presentations of common diseases are most likely, followed by atypical presentations of common diseases, typical presentations of uncommon diseases, and atypical presentations of uncommon diseases.
- 2. The clinical history of the patient.
- 3. The radiographic pattern of the interstitial disease.