[A comparative study of the prognosis for Japanese patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia or BOOP based on histopathologic subsets].Nihon Kokyuki Gakkai Zasshi. 2000 Jun; 38(6):442-6.NK
We explored the prognosis for 123 patients with either idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) or bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP). All patients underwent either open lung biopsy or thoracoscopic lung biopsy procedures. The histopathologic diagnosis of IIP included patients with usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), and desquamative interstitial pneumonia with respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease. The prognosis was poorest for patients with a histologic diagnosis of UIP, and excellent for those who received a diagnosis of BOOP. Although the prognosis is generally considered to be good for patients with NSIP, some NSIP patients in our study died. Histopathologic diagnosis based on surgical lung biopsy is useful in evaluating the prognosis for patients with IIP.