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New system for classifying infant lung disease developed
Date:11/30/2007

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When a classification system for adult diffuse lung disease was proposed by the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society in 2002, pathologists took part in such a validation process, he said. Before the adult classification system was in place, doctors sometimes used the same term for different diseases, but since 2002, we have been able to use much stricter definitions, which has improved accuracy of diagnosis.

It has also improved physicians understanding of some disease patterns that were previously viewed as idiopathic. The new classification for infant lung disease gives us the same opportunity to tighten our definitions and increase the accuracy of diagnosis in children, said Dr. Nicholson.


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