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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Interstitial Lung Disease

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Are there any effective treatments for interstitial lung disease?

IPF treatment: Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study. Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas.

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What are some interstitial lung disease treatment?

What are some interstitial lung disease treatment?

None: Some studies are looking at perfenidone and n-acetyl-cysteine as treatment, but neither is likely to have substantial impact on mortality or possibility of cure. Only supplemental oxygen is currently available.

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What is the treatment for interstitial lung disease?

Unfortunately none: There is no effective treatment for interstitial lung disease that alters progression or mortality. In fact treatment has been shown to worsen survival over no treatment. That said, two treatments are currently in progress; perfenidone and n-acetyl -cysteine may have some limited role in improving outcomes, but the data is not yet complete.

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What is standard interstitial lung disease treatment?

What is standard interstitial lung disease treatment?

Depends on state: If there is active inflammation going on steroids and antiinflammatories are used. As the inflammation burns out, there is fibrosis and oxygen may be necessary. Eventually in severe cases and in rapidly deteriorating lungs, lungs transplantation may be necessary.

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Which hospital handles the treatment of interstitial lung disease?

Which hospital handles the treatment of interstitial lung disease?

Lung disease hospita: Generally speaking in the hospital with a good pulmonary medicine department should be able to treat interstitial lung disease. There are some specialty hospitals that focus on this. Most notably is National Jewish medical center in Denver Colorado.

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What can be done about interstitial lung disease?

What can be done about interstitial lung disease?

Not much: Make sure you have a definitive diagnosis, as interstitial lung disease may mimic many other problems that are easily treatable, and there are also several kinds of interstitial lung diseases with very different prognoses. You need a god pulmonologist who specializes in the above. Good luck!

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What are the symptoms associated with interstitial lung disease?

What are the symptoms associated with interstitial lung disease?

Variety: Mainly breathlessness (shortness of breath with exertion/activity). Some patients can also develop swelling of their fingernails known as clubbing (see photo).

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Does anyone know just wha bilaterial interstitial lung disease is?

Does anyone know just wha bilaterial interstitial lung disease is?

Lung scarring: Interstitial lung disease comprises several disorders that affect the connective tissue of the lungs and results in loss of surface area where air can interact with blood. Some cases are associated with auto immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but many have no known cause and are relentlessly progressive without effective treatment.

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Is there any research in the field of children's interstitial lung disease?

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Is there any research in the field of children's interstitial lung disease?

Check resources: This group of rare childhood interstitial lung diseases encompasses many different conditions. Go to http://www. Nih. Gov/health/clinicaltrials/findingatrial. Htm or http://www. Child-foundation. Com/ for more info or to contact a researcher in this field.

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Is interstitial lung disease an allergic or immune problem?

Is interstitial lung disease an allergic or immune problem?

Depends on the type: Interstitial lung disease is a generalized term used to describe multiple diseases that affect the interstitial tissue (the lung tissue among the airways). Some of them can be related to immune problem esp., if the patient has autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus etc. Some of them related to allergy and the others are idiopathic (we do not know what causing the disease).

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is interstitial lung disease?

Interstitium: Is that area between the walls of the air sacs or alveoli. Oxygen diffuses from the air sacs to the blood vessels located in the interstitial area. Ild is the presence of inflammation in that area making the distance for diffusion of the oxygen farther for the traveling or flowing blood to pick up. If the inflammation causes scarring it is pulmonary fibrosis.

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What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

Many causes: Interstitial lung disease is a thickening of the skeleton structure that supports airsacs (alveoli) in the lungs. There are many causes of interstitial lung disease (rheumatic illness, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, radiation damage, infection). It is not possible to say whether the disease is curable because interstitial lung disease is an "umbrella" term that covers many diseases.

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What is life expectancy for interstitial lung disease (ild) with microaspiration?

More info: Micro aspiration is not a feature of interstitial lung disease. Ild includes different types of lung inflammation, some respond to treatment, some do not. Some are relentlessly progressive others go into dormancy.

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What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends: The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists. A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet.

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Is there any relation between interstitial lung disease and fibrosis?

Is there any relation between interstitial lung disease and fibrosis?

Lung disease: Both these terms can be used interchangeably indicating fibrotic lung disease

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Can you scuba dive with interstitial lung disease?

Can you scuba dive with interstitial lung disease?

Review this with: Your pulmonologists. Much of you activity restrictions depends on what type of interstitial lung disease that you have and how severe it is. But an ILD diagnosis doesn't mean that you definitively can't scuba dive.

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Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Depends...: Did you have an open lung biopsy or a biopsy via bronchoscopy? The more common is via bronchoscopy and the side effects of this include coughing up some blood, which should be small amounts and should stop after a few days. Other possible side effects include low grade fever, cough. If you are coughing significant amounts of blood, high fever or short of breath, then you need to go to the er.

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Can gerd cause interstitial lung disease? And if so are the chances of developing ILD from gerd small?

Can gerd cause interstitial lung disease? And if so are the chances of developing ILD from gerd small?

In theory, yes: Gerd can in theory cause lung problems if there is a chronic regurgitation of stomach acid that is aspirated into the lungs. This is a very rare event for a young otherwise healthy person.

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