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Interstitial lung abnormalities are linked to increased risk of death

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i971 (Published 17 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i971
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Interstitial lung abnormalities—which are often undiagnosed and asymptomatic—are associated with a greater risk of all cause mortality, US research published in JAMA has shown.1

Interstitial lung abnormalities are defined as specific patterns of increased lung density seen on computed tomography (CT) chest scans in patients with no prior history of lung disease.

Ivan Rosas, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and colleagues examined whether interstitial lung abnormalities were associated with increased mortality in four separate research cohorts. These lung abnormalities were present in 7% of the 2633 participants in the Framingham …

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