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Cause Of Interstitial Pneumonia
Interstitial pneumonia is an inflammatory process that affects the walls of the small air sacs in the lungs causing them to thicken & cause difficulties with oxygentation. Several infectious & non-infectious processes can cause accumulation of inflammatory cells & fibrous deposits in the walls of the air sacs causing the lungs to become stiffer & unable to ...Read more
Particular xray: This refers to a kind of xray change seen in some kinds of pneumonia. It is not associated with a particular germ however. Although this was once thought to be the case. ( interstitial pneumonias were thought to be caused more often by viruses, and other atypical germs. The xray pattern however can be caused by things besides infection such as congestive heart failure, or inflammatory lung disease. ...Read more
Refers to the xray: This refers to a specific x ray pattern in which there is thickening lines that are visible in the lungs. Under the microscope there are changes in the connective tissue that is between the air sacs ((alveoli) . It may be observed in a variety of infections or inflammatory conditions of the lung and and a similar patten on chest x ray may be seen with fluid in the lung ( pulmonary edema). ...Read more
Potentially: Interstitial pneumonia are occasionally caused by reversible causes like inflammation or viral infection. Often interstitial pneumonia can be something else like a senstivity to elements in the environment like a sensitivity to pets, molds or even medication such as amiodarone or nitrofurantoin. ...Read more
Interstitial Pneumon: Interstitial pneumonia is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis when cause is not known.Known causes are rhematoid arthritis, syst sclerosis/scleroderma , asbestosis and Nitrofurantoin toxicity.It is rapidly progressive disease and leads to respiratory failure and death.Some patients do well for a while, than they deteriorate rapidly with acute illness.Median survival is 3 to 4 years in most studies. ...Read more
Multiple tests: Imaging of the lung and in particular ct scan of the chest can often help define the kind of interstitial lung disease, in addition pulmonary function tests can quantify the amount of lung function loss. Blood tests that detect abnormal antibodies seen in inflammatory diseases associated with interstitial pneumonia can be helpful, for example tests for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more
Similar to pneumonia: Interstitial pneumonia just refers to a specific x ray pattern of lung inflammation. It may be either related to infection or an inflammatory disease of the lung. Symptoms are similar to other lung diseases and include shortness of breath, with exertion or without) and cough ( often without much sputum production), there maybe constitutional symptoms like fever, and fatigue. ...Read more
Usually is not good: Regardless of etiology, uip is relentlessly progressive, usually leading to respiratory failure and death. Some patients do well for a prolonged period of time, but then deteriorate rapidly because of a superimposed acute illness (so-called "accelerated uip"). The outlook for long-term survival is poor. In most studies, the median survival is 3 to 4 years. ...Read more
Idiopathic: Interstitial Pneumonia(IIP) is a group of non infectious pneumonias that share various clinical and radiographic findings, predominantly affect the interstitium of the lungs, and have no known cause. It is not one entity, it is a category of entities. The treatment depends on the subtype of IIP. ...Read more
Depends: " interstitial pneumonias" really are a group of diseases, that have some factors that make them more likely, for example one type called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, is more common among certain groups of people like smokers, those who have been found to have certain genes etc, another kind of interstitial pneumonia is caused by sarcoidois, which is more common among people in north europe etc. ...Read more
Yes: This is the name for the pathology of a disorder called pulmonary fibrosis. This is a progressive disease, which has no cure, how fast it progresses can vary, and if personally affected by this or if one of your loved ones is so affected it is best to discuss the details with your doctor. ...Read more
Inflammation: Interstitial pneumonia is an inflammatory process that affects the walls of the small air sacs in the lungs causing them to thicken & cause difficulties with oxygentation. Several infectious & non-infectious processes can cause accumulation of inflammatory cells & fibrous deposits in the walls of the air sacs causing the lungs to become stiffer & unable to maintain adequate gas exchange. ...Read more
My sister says she has interstitial pneumonia. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Maybe: Interstitial pneumonia is not one disease, but a large group of inflammatory lung diseases. Some of them are infectious and respond to antibiotics, some get better spontaneously, and still others will resolve or at least improve when treated with steroid medication. There are some kinds of interstitial disease that have no good treatment. Specifics depend on the specific disease. ...Read more
Depends on cause: The term is one which applies to the radiologic appearance, and not the actual causative agent. This may be viral, or other atypical pneumonias, or may actually not be due to infection. Diagnosis through history, physical and labs is essential to choosing appropriate management. ...Read more
See your lung doctor: You want to visit a lung doctor who specializes in "interstitial lung disease". This disease is sometimes associated with other immune disorders such as lymphoma or HIV or autoimmune diseases such as lupus. When it occurs by itself it can be the firts sign of one of these disease i just listed or it can be fairly benign and non progressing as a lung disorder. ...Read more
Severe Lung Disease: Acute interstitial pnumonia also called hamman rich syndrome.It is rare severe lung condition that affects otherwise healthy people.There is no known cause and cure these patients are treated in ICU in hospital.And often require ventilation support , steroids are used intravenously and since it is not caused by infecton antibiotics are not usually needed.Often the condition is fatal in 60% of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom is caregiver for elders in the family. Now she has a problem. What does it mean to have interstitial pneumonia?
Generally viral: This term applies to the pattern of inflammation present in the lungs and can have both infectious and non-infectious causes. When due to infection it is often viral, unless the patient is immuno-compromised, in which case pneumocystis may be a cause. There are other conditions not due to infectious agents. ...Read more
A 4 yr old boy had interstitial pneumonia, bilateral result by x-ray procedure what is treatment to her. thank u very much?
NeedsToBeTreated ICU: Intertitial Pnumonia in 4 years old needs to be treated in Hospital often in IntensiveCare Unit as often there is need for Mechanical Ventilation.Therapy with Corticosteroid is attempted although it's usefulness is not known It is a serious condition at any age I hope He is in hospital under care of Pediatric PulmonoogIst ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 9months baby boy is diagnosed with basal interstitial pneumonia, is it benign? May i know the treatment? And how this be prevented
See below: Bacteria, viruses, or fungi may infect the interstitium of the lung. A bacterium called mycoplasma pneumonia is the most common cause in older kids. The label of "interstitial" most likely refers to the x-ray findings. If your infant son has otherwise been healthy and doing well-a full recovery is likely. Prevention: hand washing and avoiding large crowds. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with having "desquamative interstitial pneumonia" or dip which is a lung disease. Can this disease be reversed? Can it be fatal?
Check with your doc: Dip is relatively benign . However, there may be another diagnosis such as nsip, ipf, rbild, cop, aip, cep, uip or lip the prognosis of dip is generally good. Most patients improve with smoking cessation and corticosteroids. The overall survival is about 70% after 10 years. Your doctor may start you on Prednisone 1 mg/kg/day and you will hopefully respond. Dip is certainly better than ipf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
70 year old with usual interstitial pneumonia, is a resting heart rate in 44 to 47 an area of concern?
I had lung ctscan showing groundglass opacities n bilateral lower&right upper lobe representing cellular nonspecific interstitial pneumonia what is it?
I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?
Other than pneumonia what can "Interstitial thickening with bronchial periovascolo shaded area of parenchymal consolidation in the lower field" mean?
Radiology: This can be caused by infection, pulmonary embolization, and other inflammatory conditions and in order to interpret these findings appropriately they must be correlated with your clinical presentation and findings on exam and lab testing. Good luck and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
They are different: A pneumonia is caused by an organism causing destruction of the lung tissue. Interstitial lung disease is inflammation of the lung and usually starts in the "interstitium" but later can involve other parts of the lung. But, one is felt to be an infection, while the other is more"immune" caused. The picture is of a pneumonia in the left of the picture(all the white area compared to the dark). ...Read more
Pneumonia: Interstitial lung diseases are typically progressive processes that are not commonly associated with infection. They may ultimately be associated with fibrosis. That being said there are pneumonias that present with an, "interstitial pattern, " on chest x-ray. They are known as interstitial pneumonias. Interstitial pneumonia will not progress to diffuse fibrosis and are not considered ilds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does mild perihilar interstitial prominence mean on a 16 month old follow up X-ray for pneumonia?
Pneumonia : This description means there is an abnormal chest x-ray showing a localized pattern or. ...Read more
Focus of infection: This is a focus of infection in the lung. Pt will likely receive antibiotics. May need follow-up to make sure it goes away - talk with your doc. ...Read more
Varied symptoms: Symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis can be variable - chronic cough, shortness of breath, reduced exercise capacity. Symptoms depend on the extent & severity of lung involvement, age of patient, associated medical conditions, underlying cause etc. Talk to your doctor/pulmonologist if you have concerns. ...Read more
We don't know. : Aip, or haymann-rich syndrome, is a usually severe inflammatory disease of the lungs. It is somewhat rare and is a diagnosis of exclusion. Fungal infections, strange bacteria, and aids-related infections must be ruled out prior to this diagnosis. It can be a rapid and severe disease, requiring pts to be in icu. Steroids at high doses are a recommended tx, but there is little evidence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?
I just got diagnosed with a very rare lung disease called desquamated interstitial pneumonitis. What is this & how could I have got this & lifespan?
Lung inflammation: Desquamative insterstitial pneumonia is a kind of inflammation of the lung tissue in which many kinds of infection fighting white blood cells invade and injure the lungs especially a kind of WBC called a macrophage. The cause is not known, but most patients are smokers and stopping smoking improves 3/4 of patients. Others benefit from steroid medicine in addition to decrease inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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