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29,39,207,208) More pronounced cases of RBILD merge in the continuum with cases of desquamative interstitial pneumonia (29) (Figure 12).
The DPF cases fell into the following diagnostic categories: usual interstitial pneumonia (77%), nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (6%), desquamative interstitial pneumonia (4%), polymyositis-associated interstitial fibrosis (1%), and not further classified or unclassified fibrosis (12%).
107) Variable numbers of alveolar macrophages are seen and, in some cases, may be sufficiently numerous as to suggest desquamative interstitial pneumonia.