Interstitial Lung Disease


 

INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE

This is a broad category of lung disorders, some with known causes and others without.  Most present with symptoms of increasing shortness of breath with normal activity and x-ray findings involving areas of the lung in a pattern not suggestive of pneumonia, or lung mass.  These diseases can occur suddenly and be short lived or may slowly but continually progress.

HOW IS INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE DIAGNOSED?

Because there are so many potential causes, a detailed and complex medical, social, environmental and travel history is essential to begin consideration in the appropriate direction.  These diseases may range from infections that can be clearly identified to scarring processes the cause of which is undetermined.  There are laboratory studies and X-ray findings that are essential depending on the particular cause of this disease.  

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INTERSTITAL LUNG DISEASE?

  • Progressive breathlessness with exertion
  • Persistent non-productive cough
  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite and progressive weight loss

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE?

The spectrum of the potential causes of these X-ray findings and clinical presentations is so great that the treatments are highly specific to the individual cause. Some of these disease processes respond well to prescription medications, some with little to no response to any therapy.  Some of these conditions resolve spontaneously, some with the specific treatments can be controlled, and some progress despite attempted treatment.  If your symptoms suggest Interstitial Lung disease, discuss it with your physician and make an appointment at The Sleep Lab by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

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