If you have hypersensitivity pneumonitis, your body’s immune system reacts strongly to certain inhaled substances, causing inflammation especially in the interstitium or interstitial space. The diagnostic criteria for HP provided in this guideline emphasize the importance of three primary domains: 1) exposure identification (e.g., clinical history with or without a questionnaire, serum IgG testing against potential antigens associated with HP, and/or specific inhalational challenge), 2) imaging pattern, and 3) BAL lymphocytosis/histopathological findings, with each described in detail in the corresponding sections of this document. These giant cells are distinguished by cytoplasmic cholesterol-like clefts, a nonspecific but common finding. The NHLBI is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the nation’s biomedical research agency that makes important scientific discoveries to improve health and save lives. D.K. Typical GRADE nomenclature was altered for this guideline to address prior criticism that the term “conditional” created uncertainty in the context of translation into non-English languages. The immune systems of people with hypersensitivity pneumonitis are unable to shut down these normal inflammation processes, especially in the lung interstitium. The committee was unanimous in the opinion that both test characteristics are suboptimal. These include 1) a cellular interstitial pneumonia accentuated around small airways (“bronchiolocentric”) accompanied by 2) a cellular chronic bronchiolitis, 3) a distinctive pattern of granulomatous inflammation, and 4) no histopathological features to suggest a more likely alternative (Figure 3 and Table 7) (3, 39, 44, 137, 141–144). b. suggests surgical lung biopsy only when all other diagnostic testing has not yielded a diagnosis (suggestion, very low confidence in the estimated effects). It requires, “Compatible-with-HP” patterns are nonspecific patterns that have been described in HP. Thus, making a definitive or highly confident diagnosis is usually beneficial to patients. During the physical exam, your doctor will use a stethoscope to listen carefully to your lungs while you breathe. Figure 2. v. suggests transbronchial lung cryobiopsy (suggestion, very low confidence in the estimated effects). There are many questions about the identification, duration, quantity, frequency, intensity of exposure to the inciting agent and its source that is required to induce HP, and factors that may predispose people to develop HP. It occurs in some people after they breathe in certain substances they encounter in the environment. In studies with few patients, HP was compared with other ILDs, including CTD-ILD, idiopathic NSIP, and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, but the number of patients was too small to make meaningful comparisons. While some signs and symptoms occur in several types of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, they may vary in severity. The committee emphasized that the decision to perform a SLB should be made after a comprehensive assessment of all available data, ideally in the context of an MDD, as well as after a thorough discussion with the patient about the potential benefits and risks of this procedure. When a patient presents with newly detected ILD identified by HRCT, the clinician should be prompted to elicit a careful and thorough history and possibly utilize formal questionnaires to reveal the possibility of a temporal relationship between environmental factors/exposures and the onset of symptoms. Smoking is not thought to increase the risk of developing hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Neither questionnaire had been evaluated in previous studies. §Updates to the classification of IIPs by Travis and colleagues (330) and diagnostic guidelines for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (20, 128) tightly link a UIP pattern with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and an NSIP pattern with idiopathic NSIP. This sort of diagnostic discordance between sites is analogous to the histopathological variability documented in patients with IPF, in whom NSIP-like changes are common and may be the sole finding in some samples (153). These inciting agents are diverse, vary by geographic region, and are usually protein antigens derived from microorganisms, fungi, or animals (e.g., avian antigens). Results: The guideline committee defined HP, and clinical, radiographic, and pathological features were described. A systematic search of the literature identified 926 potentially relevant articles. The pattern of organizing pneumonia relies on the presence of consolidation in a peribronchovascular and/or peripheral distribution, often seen with GGO and sometimes associated with a reverse halo pattern. Two important things to know: Treatment is more successful when hypersensitivity pneumonitis is diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, before permanent irreversible lung damage has occurred. In the interim, the committee encourages clinicians to take a thorough history to identify potential exposures and to develop and use their own questionnaires to ensure routine inquiry about potential exposures whenever they evaluate a patient with newly detected ILD. If an additional exposure does not occur, symptoms usually resolve after a few days. (C) Higher-magnification view showing expansion of the peribronchiolar interstitium by a cellular infiltrate of mononuclear inflammatory cells (upper left) and isolated Schaumann bodies (arrows) at the edge of the biopsy specimen. HP is a disease with heterogeneous clinical presentations and outcomes, with subtypes historically categorized by disease duration at the time of presentation (i.e., acute, subacute, or chronic) (4). Based on this information, your doctor may able to determine whether you have acute, subacute, or chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. To diagnose hypersensitivity pneumonitis, your doctor may order: Learn how these diagnostic tests and procedures can help distinguish between types of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Figure 5. These uncontrolled levels of inflammation in the lungs cause the signs, symptoms, and complications of this condition. The diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis Chest. An Executive Summary of this document is available at http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/suppl/10.1164/rccm.202005-2032ST. ‡Fibrotic HP may show classic features of nonfibrotic HP (cellular HP) in less fibrotic or nonfibrotic areas; if present, this combination of findings is a histological clue to the diagnosis of HP. For patients with newly identified ILD whose differential diagnosis includes fibrotic HP, the guideline committee suggests SLB; this recommendation is intended for after alternative diagnostic options have been exhausted (suggestion, very low confidence in estimated effects). Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may order diagnostic tests and procedures. Question 1: Should patients with newly detected ILD on chest radiographs or a CT scan of the chest, with or without an overt history of exposures capable of causing ILD in the patient’s environment at home, work, or elsewhere, be subjected to formal questioning using a questionnaire to raise the possibility that a) potential inciting agents of HP are the etiology of the ILD and b) the diagnosis of the ILD is HP? Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) happens if your lungs develop an immune response – hypersensitivity - to something you breathe in which results in inflammation of the lung tissue - pneumonitis. (E) High-magnification photomicrograph illustrating another poorly formed nonnecrotizing granuloma (arrows) in the same biopsy specimen from a patient with nonfibrotic HP. suggests performing serum IgG testing that targets potential antigens associated with HP (suggestion, very low confidence in the estimated effects). The scanning protocol for the evaluation of suspected HP is identical to the protocol described in the ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT diagnosis-of-IPF guidelines (Table 3) (20). Depending on your condition, your doctor also may prescribe some of the following supportive therapies. iii. (B) Higher-magnification photomicrograph showing expansion of distal acinar and peribronchiolar interstitium by a cellular infiltrate of mononuclear inflammatory cells. Photomicrographs of surgical lung biopsy specimens from two different sites in a patient with fibrotic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The diagnostic yields were 91% (95% CI, 83–99%), 82% (95% CI, 78–86%), and 82% (95% CI, 73–90%) among patients with known or suspected HP, ILD, and DLD, respectively. Question 3: Should patients with newly detected ILD on chest radiographs or a CT scan of the chest, with or without a history of exposure capable of causing HP, undergo BAL fluid lymphocyte cellular analysis to diagnose HP? *Exposure assessment includes a thorough clinical history and/or serum IgG testing against potential antigens associated with HP and/or, in centers with the appropriate expertise and experience, specific inhalational challenge testing as described in References 9, 323, 324, and 325. The pattern of fibrotic interstitial pneumonia may include features that overlap with a UIP pattern, including patchy collagen fibrosis, fibroblast foci, and associated subpleural-dominant honeycombing (3, 12, 39, 40, 42, 142, 143, 148, 149). served on an advisory committee for Roche; served as a speaker for Boehringer Ingelheim, Mundipharma, and Roche; and received travel support from Boehringer Ingelheim. Approximately 5 percent of patients develop chronic disease. A Unique User Profile that will allow you to manage your current subscriptions (including online access), The ability to create favorites lists down to the article level, The ability to customize email alerts to receive specific notifications about the topics you care most about and special offers, Diagnosis of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis in Adults. HP develops in susceptible individuals after repeated exposure to one or more inciting agents. HP = hypersensitivity pneumonitis; HRCT = high-resolution computed tomography. M.G. Most committee members considered testing convenient and adequate for generating supportive data; however, they acknowledged that testing is insufficient for confirming or excluding a diagnosis of HP because the test characteristics are inferior to most screening tests currently in use. Y.M. In addition to treatments you are using to control your condition, your doctor may recommend other medical care to improve your quality of life, vaccines to prevent lung infections, and lifestyle changes such as physical activity and quitting smoking to improve overall health and avoid some complications. Several studies reported adverse events of TBLC. Magnification, 400×. Neutrophilia is commonly seen in acute illness. Histopathological patterns of UIP identified by TBLC have been shown to have substantial agreement with findings from SLB, including both histopathological agreement (kappa, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.55–0.86) and diagnostic agreement at MDD (kappa, 0.62; 95% CI, 0.47–0.78) (288). 1. This site uses cookies. If your condition is not adequately controlled by avoidance strategies or medicines and you develop serious complications, you may be a candidate for a lung transplant. The criteria proposed for diagnosis are valid to any biopsy type but are based on historical descriptions of the histopathological findings in surgical lung biopsy (SLB) specimens (1, 3, 12, 23, 28, 39, 40, 42, 134–142). 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