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What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Thomas Stern
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Interstitial lung dz
Interstitial lung disease is a loose description of the part of the lung that is affected by the disease.
Asthma and COPD are airway diseases. Sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis are interstitial lung diseases. There is also pulmonary vascular disease like pe or pulmonary hypertension, pleural disease like an effusion, and chest wall disease. Some interstitial diseases can be treated.

In brief: Interstitial lung dz
Interstitial lung disease is a loose description of the part of the lung that is affected by the disease.
Asthma and COPD are airway diseases. Sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis are interstitial lung diseases. There is also pulmonary vascular disease like pe or pulmonary hypertension, pleural disease like an effusion, and chest wall disease. Some interstitial diseases can be treated.
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