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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in infants: good prognosis with conservative management
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    Re: Methodology for assessing patterns of interstitial pneumonia in children

    Dear Editor,

    Nicholson and Bush,[1] in response to our article reporting on a case series of 11 children presenting with pulmonary interstitial fibrosis over a 10 year period,[2] suggest that an investigative opportunity has been missed. We do not agree.

    Nicholson and Bush have repeated their previously reported criticism of percutaneous lung biopsy (PLB)[3] and have suggested that this technique is p...

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    Methodology for assessing patterns of interstitial pneumonia in children

    Dear Editor:

    The report of Hacking et al,[1] of a series of infants with very early onset interstitial lung disease (ILD) with good prognosis, is of great clinical interest but sadly represents a lost investigative opportunity.

    Firstly, their statement that percutaneous open lung biopsy has fewer side effects than open lung biopsy (OLB) is not supported by any direct comparative trial, and cannot be allow...

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