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Mom is caregiver for elders in the family. Now she has a problem. What does it mean to have interstitial pneumonia?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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In brief: Generally viral

This term applies to the pattern of inflammation present in the lungs and can have both infectious and non-infectious causes.
When due to infection it is often viral, unless the patient is immuno-compromised, in which case pneumocystis may be a cause. There are other conditions not due to infectious agents.

In brief: Generally viral

This term applies to the pattern of inflammation present in the lungs and can have both infectious and non-infectious causes.
When due to infection it is often viral, unless the patient is immuno-compromised, in which case pneumocystis may be a cause. There are other conditions not due to infectious agents.
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