Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) - Classification, Pathophysiology, Signs and Symptoms
2 years ago
Interstitial lung disease also known as diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs) are a group of disorders based on similar clinical, radiographic, physiologic, and pathologic changes. Present primarily with shortness of breath and a non productive cough usually chronic over weeks to months without response to initial treatment of puffers. If there is clinical suspicion of ILD a full pulmonary function test should be done. Characteristic changes of ILD include: reduced total lung capacity (TLC) and DLCO. The diffuse parenchymal lung diseases are divided into those that are associated with known causes or unknown causes and other weird and wonderful rare causes.