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 clear, but many things, such as exposure to pollutants and allergens, some medications and a range of medical conditions can trigger it.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 11 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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