Interstitial lung disease is a group of lung disorders in which lung tissue becomes inflamed and damaged. In people with interstitial lung disease, tissue between the air sacs in the lungs becomes stiff or scarred, and the air sacs are not able to expand completely. As a result, not as much oxygen can get to the body.
ILD can occur without a known cause. There are also dozens of known causes, including:
Symptoms of interstitial lung disease include:
A Deborah Heart and Lung Center physician will perform a physical exam. Dry, crackling breath sounds may be heard when listening to the chest with a stethoscope.
The physician may order any of the following tests:
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