What's the relationship between interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Similiar. Interstitial lung disease is an "umbrella" term for many diseases; one of these disease is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or ipf.
Same disease. Interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are different terms for the same disease. Fibrosis means scar tissue in lay terms. For unknown reasons fibrous tissue begins to replace normal lung causing difficulty breathing. At present there is no effective treatment although it is an intense area of research and many new drugs are being studied.
Interchangeable. Pulmonary fibrosis is a pathologic description of interstitial lung disease which is a radiographic description of the disease. The terms are used interchangably but not all interstitial lung disease results in pulmonary fibrosis.

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Tell me about interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Same. Ipf is one form of ild. It refers to disorders of the interstitium of he lung vs. Diseases that effect the bronchi, or alveolar spaces.

What cab be done for interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Not much. Ild/pulm fibrosis is a progressive destruction of lung architecture resulting in progressive shortness of breath. All therapy tried to date has not provided much improvement. Oxygen and exercise while awaiting lung transplant is a current management option. The mortality of ipf is on the order of less than 5 yr after dx.

Can interstitial lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis and those like pulmonary fib. Be ruled out pretty good with pulse ox, CT of lungs, and chest xra?

Several causes. Pulmonary fibrosis is a pathologic process of lungs that can occur in many disorders of the lungs. Pulse ox, chest xray & ct can be helpful in determining patterns of disease & extent of lung involvement & can sometimes help determine the cause as well. However definitive diagnosis may require other tests including lung biopsy (in some cases). Talk to a pulmonologist for detailed work up.
No. The above tests are not sensitive enough. Pulmonary function tests and a high resolution ct scan of the lungs are more sensitive. If they are normal, then interstitial lung disease can be essentially ruled out.

Is intersitial lung disease the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Confusion. Interstitial lung disease (ild) causes lung damage which is referred to as pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of ild that is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Pretty much. These two terms overlap. There are many different classifications of interstitial lung diseases, some of which are called pulmonary fibrosis and again there are several different kinds. They all have different prognoses, consult your doctor.

What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends. The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists. A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet.
Depends on the cause. There are different causes of ild. Depending on what is the type of lung damage, there may be different treatments. You need to be seen by someone who works on ild. You are close to one of the best ild programs in the world. If you can, I would go and ask them for an opinion.

What. Is antihypertensive of choice in interstitial lung disease with mild pulmonary hypertension?

Several choices. In the absence of other heart problems I would tend to try amlodipine in someone with high blood pressure and mild pulmonary hypertension. However many other medications such as acei or arb, beta blockers, Diltiazem or diuretics could also be appropriate. Please discuss with your doctor.