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Acute interstitial pneumonia (AIP)

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An acute, rapidly progressive idiopathic pulmonary disease that often leads to respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

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Symptoms usually start as viral-like prodrome followed with shortness of breath with cough, fever, and progress rapidly to acute respiratory distress

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The physical exam typically shows findings of hypoxia, tachypnea, and bilateral diffuse crackles

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Chest X-ray usually shows a pattern that is similar to ARDS

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The mortality rate is greater than 50%, either in the initial presentation or within 6 months after onset

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