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Katerina M. Antoniou, Simon L. Walsh, David M. Hansell, Michael R. Rubens, Katharina Marten, Rachel Tennant, Trevor Hansel, Sujal R. Desai, Nikolaos M. Siafakas, Roland M du Bois and Athol U. Wells Smoking-related emphysema is associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and rheumatoid lung Respirology 18

Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/resp.12154

There is a high prevalence of smoking-related emphysema in IPF and rheumatoid lung, often associated with a low pack-year smoking history. Fibrotic abnormalities on HRCT are coarser in smokers with both disorders. These observations raise the possibility of shared mechanisms between fibrogenesis and smoking-related damage.

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