Interstitial Lung Disease: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 6/23/2020

Interstitial lung disease is the name for a group of diseases that cause damage to the supporting tissues located between the air sacs in the lung. These conditions lead to scarring and thickening of this tissue (the interstitium). These conditions usually affect all areas of both lungs.

Signs and symptoms of interstitial lung disease include

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of interstitial lung disease

A number of different diseases cause interstitial lung disease, including some autoimmune diseases, collagen vascular diseases, asbestos exposure, or long-term toxin exposure or exposure to hazardous materials.

Other interstitial lung disease symptoms and signs


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the same as adult-onset asthma. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.