This review has traced some of the factors that have contributed to the current enthusiasm about lung immunology and will continue by illustrating this interest with examples of lung disease that have received particular investigation recently. Our disease classification is based on probable immune mechanisms that occur in the lungs, acknowledged to be an insufficient framework to account for all the complex interactions that undoubtedly exist in diseased lungs, but still a useful scheme for general organization of important concepts. Examples of types 1 and 2 immunologic diseases have been presented and others will be given for types 3 and 4 mechanisms. Afterward, an attempt to address the clinical relevance of new immunologic concepts will be offered.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine