Recent advances in the aetiology of cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis

J. Britton, R. Hubbard

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Crytogenic fibrosing alveolitis is the commonest intersititial lung disease but, until recently, very little has been known about its aetiology. The histopathologist usually sees this disease at transbronchial biopsy or at autopsy. This article reviews the current knowledge of the aetiology of cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis looking at possible infective, occupational, drug-related, smoking-associated, genetic and dietary factors. Knowledge of the possible roles of these factors in the disease process informs histopathologists when they are reporting these biopsies and enables them to make a larger contribution to defining the pathogenetic mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Aetiology
  • Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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