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What is interstitial lung disease?
Interstitial lung disease is the name used to describe a large group of medical conditions in which scarring of lung tissue leads to chronic breathing problems.
What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?
the two key symptoms of interstitial lung disease are increasing breathlessness, particularly with physical activity, and a dry cough. Symptoms often develop gradually.
What causes interstitial lung disease?
In interstitial lung disease, the delicate tissue of the lungs is scarred and damaged, making the lungs less able to expand to take in air, and less able to conduct oxygen from the air into the bloodstream. Exactly why this scarring occurs is not …
Who can develop interstitial lung disease?
Anyone can develop interstitial lung disease, but it is more common in older people. Workers in some occupations that involve exposure to dangerous pollutants, such as asbestos, may also be at an increased risk of developing interstitial lung …
How is interstitial lung disease diagnosed?
Tests to diagnose interstitial lung disease include lung function tests, chest X-rays, computerized tomography scans and a biopsy of lung tissue.
How is interstitial lung disease treated?
Medications may help to slow the progression of some forms of interstitial lung disease. Other treatments can help to manage symptoms. Lung transplantation may be recommended for some severe cases.
Can interstitial lung disease be cured?
Once damage is done to lung tissue, it cannot be reversed. Different forms of interstitial lung disease progress at different rates and some are more responsive to treatment than others.
What can be done at home to treat interstitial lung disease?
The way you manage interstitial lung disease can have a big impact on your quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitation courses are widely available to help you learn how to best manage your condition. Pulmonary rehabilitation …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease