Interstitial Lung Disease: Symptoms & Signs

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

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Medically Reviewed on 6/23/2020
References
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.
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