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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. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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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Whats example of interstitial lung disease?

Whats 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)?

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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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 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?

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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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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
98 doctors shared insights

Interstitial Lung Disease (Definition)

Interstitial lung disease is a term used to describe any lung disease that damages the tissue surrounding the small air sacs of the lung. It can be caused by inhaled particles such as asbestos, or may be a toxic reaction to certain medications. It ...Read more


Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more