UVA Researchers Identify Hiatal Hernia As a Potential Risk Factor in Pulmonary Fibrosis

July 18, 2022 by pmb3fz@virginia.edu

John Kim, MDAssistant Professor John Kim, MD, MS published a first-author study in the European Respiratory Journal that identified associations between hiatal hernia and imaging-based biomarkers of early lung injury and scarring among community-dwelling adults in the NHLBI-sponsored cohort Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Notably, this relationship was strongest among adults who were genetically predisposed to developing pulmonary fibrosis and suggests a combination of clinical risk factors and underlying genomic risk may contribute to the early pathogenesis of interstitial lung disease. Ani Manichiakul, PhD and Stephen Rich, PhD from the UVA Center for Public Health Genomics were co-authors.

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