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Can you tell me what is interstitial lung disease?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
...you are in good company, because it is a field that is rapidly changing. Many pulmonologists and pathologists still don't understand it, and we are far from having a good treatment for most of these disorders.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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