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.
Difficult to predict. Ild progression is difficult to predict, response to treatment also may vary from individual to individual.
Depends. There are roughly 200 different causes of interstitial lung disease. Ipf is the most common and unfortunately has a guarded prognosis. Some studies suggest 50% of patients die within 3 years. However, prognosis and survival varies considerably. Some forms of disease have an excellent survival.

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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...

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...

What is cure on interstitial lung disease (ild)?

Many causes. There are many causes of ild. Best refer to a pathology text book of lung diseses for a comprehensive list. Read more...
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...

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...
A lung condition. Interstitial lung disease is a category of lung disorders where the lungs are filled with various cells, scarring, and inflammation. It can be chronic scarring, or an inflammatory type reaction, or destruction of the lung tissue. There are many causes, and thus, if you think you have it, you should be seen and followed by a lung specialist. Prognosis depends on the type of lung disease. Read more...

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...

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...

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...