Respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease refers to a form of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia associated with smoking.
It is a histological finding, not a pathological description. When associated with disease, it is known as "Respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease" or "RB-ILD".
The appearance is similar to desquamative interstitial pneumonia, and some have suggested that the two conditions are caused by the same processes.
See also 
- ^ "Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias: Interstitial Lung Diseases: Merck Manual Professional". Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- ^ Cotran, Ramzi S.; Kumar, Vinay; Fausto, Nelson; Nelso Fausto; Robbins, Stanley L.; Abbas, Abul K. (2005). Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Saunders. p. 741. ISBN 0-7216-0187-1.
- ^ Heyneman LE, Ward S, Lynch DA, Remy-Jardin M, Johkoh T, Müller NL (December 1999). "Respiratory bronchiolitis, respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease, and desquamative interstitial pneumonia: different entities or part of the spectrum of the same disease process?". AJR Am J Roentgenol 173 (6): 1617–22. PMID 10584810.