Interstitial Lung Disease refers to a group of various inter-related lung disorders that result in the scarring of the lung tissue situated between the air sacs of the lungs. Commonly, its symptoms include excessive dry cough and breathlessness due to overexertion. Interstitial lung disease may occur when an abnormal healing response is triggered by an injury to your lungs. Risk factors that affect the incidence of this disorder include age, tobacco smoking, family history, radiation or chemotherapy and environmental factors.
HOW IS INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Some forms of interstitial lung disease are short-lived and curable while others are chronic and irreversible in nature.