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How is lymphocytic bronchiolitis Diagnosed?

Is a lung ct or X-ray enough for a diagnosis or would a gas exchange test or a lung biopsy be needed? Also what are the symptoms and what would the tests be?
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Hello and welcome to the forum.  Thanks for your question.  Are you asking for yourself or your child?  Lymphocytic bronchiolitis is a lung infection (inflammation of the bronchioles-the airways that extend beyond the bronchi and end in the alveoli) that affects the more distal airways; it is a viral inflammatory process.  Most people are diagnosed with this in childhood but has been seen in older people as well.  In the adult clinic, conventional and high-resolution radiology and respiratory functional studies are suggestive of the diagnosis but the etiology usually requires tissue.  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchiolitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351571  So, the imaging is imperative and likely a gas exchange test but perhaps not a biopsy.  Please give us more details and let us know how you are doing.
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It’s for me. I’ve been exposed to metal lubrication fluid At my workplace which is known to cause this disorder. I  I’ve had a ct of my lungs and the report doesn’t mention it. I have experienced a small pleural effusion and lung collapse, and Swollen fingertips so I’m wondering if it’s lymphocytic bronchiolitis. Would my ct and X-rays be enough for a diagnosis?
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