About Interstitial Lung Diseases
Interstitial lung disease refers to a complex group of pulmonary disorders primarily affecting the pulmonary interstitium. Most of these disorders cause progressive scarring of lung tissue, eventually affecting the ability to breathe and the transfer of oxygen into the bloodstream. ILDs can develop in response to environmental injury, auto-immune mediated inflammation, or from unknown causes. The spectrum of ILDs includes idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and connective tissue disease-associated ILDs among others.