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Doctor insights on: Usual Interstitial Pneumonia

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Can usual interstitial pneumonia be cured?

Can usual interstitial pneumonia be cured?

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

Dr. William Walsh
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Interstitial Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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What is the prognosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (uip)?

What is the prognosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (uip)?

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

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Does anyone know the prognosis of usual interstitial pneumonia?

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

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70 year old with usual interstitial pneumonia, is a resting heart rate in 44 to 47 an area of concern?

70 year old with usual interstitial pneumonia, is a resting heart rate in 44 to 47 an area of concern?

Abnormal: That is an abnormally slow heart rate for someone in that age group and requires investigation. There may be a cardiac conduction or basic rhythm disturbance which an EKG would reveal. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Whats interstitial pneumonia?

Whats interstitial pneumonia?

Usually viral: Interstitial pneumonia is an infection that affect the small area in the lung tissue proper usually more spread out than consolidated to one area. Often caused by a virus. ...Read more

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Interstitial pneumonia is what?

Interstitial pneumonia is what?

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

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What is interstitial pneumonia?

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

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Anybody have interstitial pneumonia?

Anybody have interstitial pneumonia?

Yes: Interstitial pneumonia just refers to the part of the lung involved which is the tissie and space around the air sacs (alveoli). Anyone can get pneumonia that involves the interstitium. ...Read more

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Can interstitial pneumonia be healed?

Can interstitial pneumonia be healed?

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

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What are the tests for interstitial pneumonia?

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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more