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Interstitial Lung Disease Is 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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. 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
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