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What elsecan be done to promote awareness of children's interstitial lung disease?

What elsecan be done to promote awareness of children's interstitial lung disease?

A lot can be done: Children's interstitial lung disease is rare & their treatment is best managed by pediatric pulmonologists at tertiary care centers that are experienced with the diagnosis & management of these rare conditions. To promote awareness, organizing lectures and seminars for the general population & medical community would be thebest way to get the word out. Also promoting research would help find cures. ...Read more

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Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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Interstitial lung disease. What is this?

Interstitial lung disease. What is this?

Connective tissue: The lung has interstital tissue which connects and hold the lungs together like a net. The bronchial tubes connect to the air sacs. Oxygen must pass through the bronchial tubes, air sacs and interstitium to oxygenate the blood. In ild the insterstitum becomes inflamed and scarred due to inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, infection, cancer, or unknown -- can lead to decreased oxygen level. ...Read more

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How is interstitial lung disease dianosed?

How is interstitial lung disease dianosed?

See below: By history and physical, including your symptoms, occupational and other exposures etc; x-rays and ct scans and pulmonary function tests. You may also need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia a form of interstitial lung disease?

Is pneumonia a form of interstitial lung disease?

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 more

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What makes pneumonia not an interstitial lung disease?

What makes pneumonia not an interstitial lung disease?

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

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What is the progression of interstitial lung disease?

What is the progression of interstitial lung disease?

ILD progression: Interstitial lung disease refers to a group of disorders that affect the area of the lung that supports the alveoli. In order to give a prognosis for interstitial lung disease, you must know the specific disease causing it. This usually requires a lung biopsy. Some causes of interstitial lung disease are treatable - others are not. ...Read more

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What is the progression of interstitial lung disease?

What is the progression of interstitial lung disease?

Treat cause: Interstitial lung disease (ild) has many possible causes and some do not progress. For example inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, and infectious causes can often be treated if the offending agent is identified, exposure is stopped and appropriate treatment started. Autoimmune disease causes can be treated. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cancer, or unknown causes may progress more rapidly. ...Read more

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Are there any known ways to treat interstial lung disease?

Are there any known ways to treat interstial lung disease?

Depends on cause: Since interstitial lung disease is a broad group of lung diseases with many different causes, the treatment depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, treating the cause, preventing further lung damage, & providing support to lungs goes a long way in helping patients with ild. However as ild progresses some patients will need lung transplant. Talk to a pulmonologist for treatment options. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a peak flow meter show if I have interstitial lung disease?

YES: The peak expiratory flow rate (pefr, also known as a peak flow) is the maximal rate that a person can exhale during a short maximal expiratory effort after a full inspiration. In patients with asthma, the pefr percent predicted correlates reasonably well with the percent predicted value for the forced expiratory volume in one second (fev1). Monitoring the pefr is useful for detecting changes or. ...Read more

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Please suggest a homeo medicine for interstitial lung disease?

Please suggest a homeo medicine for interstitial lung disease?

None: There is no evidence of any homeopathic medication effective for anything. There are a number of clinical trials available for those with ild and in some cases there is conventional treatment for some types of ild that are effective. For example some ild are very responsive to anti-inflammatory steroids. A person with an ild should seek help from their doctor. ...Read more

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Please explain why is pneumonia not an interstitial lung disease?

Please explain why is pneumonia not an interstitial lung disease?

Consider an analogy: Regular pneumonia would fill the rooms in a hotel. The interstitial pneumonia would infect the walls of the rooms. When examined under the microscope the difference is clearly different. The chest x-ray is also different. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interstial lung disease?

Varied group of dis: Interstitial lung disease is a group of various conditions that affect the thin tissue between the airspaces in the lung. These disorders lead to thickening, fibrosis & scarring of the lung over time, making it difficult for patients to breathe. They can be caused by exposure to environmental toxins, certain drugs, infections, autoimmune disorders, genetic problems & some idiopathic illnesses. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with a patient with interstitial lung disease?

What is the best way to deal with a patient with interstitial lung disease?

Depends on the cause: Interstitial lung disease is not one problem, it's many problems with numerous causes. When you know the cause the best thing to do is treat the underlying cause, but when the cause is unknown it's referred to as "idiopathic". Idiopathic interstitial lung diseases are often incurable, and in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has no treatment. Many are referred for lung transplantation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What's example of interstitial lung disease?

What's example of interstitial lung disease?

More than 100: Ilds can be idiopathic, aproximately 16; drug induced:41;
occupational: >70 and acute noninfectious: 7. ...Read more

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What is cure on interstitial lung disease (ild)?

Steroids: Usually if steroids work, then you are in luck. Otherwise there is no cure. You can consider lung transplant if condition severe enough. ...Read more

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Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

No: It is a progressive disease with no known effective treatment to reverse the process. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is interstitial lung disease?

Can you tell me what is interstitial lung disease?

Many diseases: Interstitial lung disease (ild) is a term used to describe many different diseases that affect the lung tissue, or alveolar spaces (as opposed to the airways, like asthma and bronchitis). These diseases have literally dozens of causes, and nearly as many names. By far the most common is "pulmonary fibrosis", itself a name for what is probably many different diseases. If this is confusing... ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

Shortness of breath: Typically, interstitial lung disease causes shortness of breath. It can also cause low oxygen, weakness, fatigue, cough, wheezing. Or, it can cause no symptoms at all.

There are numerous causes for this disorder, and some can be treated adequately. So, if you think you have ild, it is important to get checked out right away. ...Read more

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How quickly does interstitial lung disease progress?

Variable: One of the curious things about interstitial lung disease is its variability. In the worst cases the fibrosis can progress over just a few months. For most people it progresses over several years. In some cases it is quiet for long periods of time with intermittent worsening episodes that cause progression. While no current treatment slows the disease, much research is being done. ...Read more

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I would like to know about interstitial lung disease?

ILD: Is a process happening in the interstitial tissues or the tissues between the airs acs and outside the tubing of the blood vessels coursing through. This inflammation can worsen and can lead to pulmonary fibrosis wherein the transfer of o2 from the air sac to the blood vessels is compromised and later the release of co2 from the blood vessels to the air sacs to be breathed out--a simplistic pictur. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

Low oxygen: Co2 diffuses faster than o2 and the early findings in interstitial lung diseases is dyspnea on exertion and proven by desaturation with exercise or even walking. The work up then starts from there. It could mimic pulmonary hypertension in manifestations. ...Read more

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What research is being done in interstitial lung disease?

What research is being done in interstitial lung disease?

ILD research: Interstitial lung disease is a general term for a group of disorders that affect the area of the lung that supports our alveoli - or air sacks. There are many causes some of which are described on wikipedia (http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/interstitial_lung_disease). You can find out what clinical trials are being done by searching this web site: http://clinicaltrials. Gov/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated interstitial lung disease?

Shortness of breath: Typically, interstitial lung disease causes shortness of breath. It can also cause low oxygen, weakness, fatigue, cough, wheezing. Or, it can cause no symptoms at all.

There are numerous causes for this disorder, and some can be treated adequately. So, if you think you have ild, it is important to get checked out right away. ...Read more

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What remedies for interstitial lung disease can I try at home?

Limited: A drug called n-acetyl cysteine in doses of 200 mg three times daily may be of benefit, but has not been validated in large studies. Supplemental oxygen may be helpful for patients already low in oxygen saturation. Getting an oximeter from walgreens or rei may help determine your oxygen level. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Interstitial lung disease how fast does it progress once diagnosed?

Interstitial lung disease how fast does it progress once diagnosed?

Varies.,: The progression of interstitial lung disease is usually slow, over years, but it can vary depending on the underlying cause, if it is known. Avoid smoking at all costs and quit immediately if you do smoke. Follow your doctor's advice, including considering pulmonary rehab. If it progresses to end-stage, consideration of lung transplant can be made at that time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Interstitial lung disease?

What is the definition or description of: Interstitial lung disease?

See below: These are a group of diseases of the lung tissue that are caused from some type of insult, such as smoking, medications, auto-immune disease. They can be idiopathic as well. Some respond by removing the offending issue, such as stopping a medication. Some really have no known cure. ...Read more

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Can I get easy to understand explanation regarding interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial: It means the area between the alveoli. That includes the blood vessels and the basement membranes, etc, anything not part of the alveoli itself. When there is an inflammation, it occurs in that area. The fibrocytes, part of the inflammatory reaction lay down fibers (scar), it thickens that area making the distance between the wall of the alveoli and the blood vessel farther, diffusion is impaired. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband found out that he has interstitial lung disease. What is this?

Large group...: Interstitial lung disease is a large group of diseases in which the lungs get filled with scarring, or cells, or fluid, or other substances.

The causes are largely unknown, but sometimes they can be caused by smoking. They do have treatments, and he should ideally be followed by a lung specialist.

Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband found out that he has interstitial lung disease. What do I need to know about this disease?

Several types of ILD: There are many forms of interstitial lung disease which have differing treatments and long term outcomes. Please consult a lung specialist for complete work up and diagnosis so you can understand his disease and its related problems better. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Interstial Lung Disease (Definition)

Interstitial lung disease is a group of various conditions that affect the thin tissue between the airspaces in the lung. These disorders lead to thickening, fibrosis & scarring of the lung over time, making it difficult for patients to breathe. They can be caused by exposure to environmental toxins, certain drugs, infections, autoimmune disorders, genetic problems ...Read more


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Interstitial Lung Disease (Definition)

A term used to describe any lung disease that damages the tissue surrounding the small air ...Read more