The Value of CT for Disease Detection and Prognosis Determination in Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema (CPFE)

  • Kim N
  • Chung M
  • Choi S
  • et al.
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BackgroundandPurpose: Several imaging-based indices were constructed quantitatively using the emphysema index (EI) and fibrosis score (FS) on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT). We evaluated the ability of these indices to predict mortality compared to physiologic results. Additionally, prognostic predictive factors were compared among subgroups with biopsy-proven fibrotic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) (biopsy-proven CPFE) and in a separate cohort with subclinical CPFE. Materials and Methods: Three chest radiologists independently determined FS. EI was automatically quantified. PFTs, smoking history, and composite physiologic index (CPI) were reviewed. Predictors of time to death were determined based on clinico-physiologic factors and CT-based CPFE indices. Results: The prevalence of biopsy-proven CPFE was 26% (66/254), with an EI of 9.167.1 and a FS of 19.3614.2. In patients with CPFE, median survival and 5-year survival rates were 6.0 years and 34.8%, respectively, whereas those in fibrotic IIP without emphysema were 10.0 years and 60.9% (p= 0.013). However, the extent of fibrosis did not differ significantly between the two cohorts. In subclinical CPFE, prevalence was 0.04% (93/20,372), EI was 11.3610.4, and FS was 9.167.1. FVC and a fibrosis-weighted CT index were independent predictors of survival in the biopsy-proven CPFE cohort, whereas only the fibrosis-weighted CT index was a significant prognostic factor in the subclinical CPFE cohort. Conclusions: Recognition and stratification using CT quantification can be utilized as a prognostic predictor. Prognostic factors vary according to fibrosis severity and among cohorts of patients with biopsy-proven and subclinical CPFE.




Kim, N., Chung, M. P., Choi, S. H., Lee, K. S., Lee, H. Y., Han, J., … Seo, J. B. (2014). The Value of CT for Disease Detection and Prognosis Determination in Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema (CPFE). PLoS ONE, 9(9), e107476.

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