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Interstitial Lung Disease How Fast Does It Progress
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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