Diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD), also known as interstitial lung disease, refers to a group of lung diseases, affecting the alveolar epithelium, pulmonary capillary endothelium, basement membrane, perivascular and perilymphatic tissues. The term DPLD is used to distinguish these diseases from obstructive airways diseases. Most types of DPLD involve fibrosis, but this is not essential; indeed fibrosis is often a later feature. Hence the term pulmonary fibrosis has fallen out of favor.


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Interstitial lung disease Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Despite the wide variety of disorders classified as interstitial lung disease, the signs and symptoms are often remarkably similar: A feeling of breathlessness (dyspnea), especially during or after ph...
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... Each time you inhale, air travels to your lungs through two major airways called bronchi. Inside your lungs, the bronchi subdivide like the roots of a tree into a million smaller airways (bronchioles)...
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Interstitial lung disease Treatment

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... Scar tissue formation in your lungs can lead to a series of increasingly serious complications, including: Low blood oxygen levels (hypoxemia). Because interstitial lung disease reduces the amount of ...
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... Interstitial lung disease caused by toxins or drugs can sometimes be reversed when you''re no longer exposed to those substances. But in people for whom this isn''t the case, the outlook is less promi...
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Interstitial lung disease Other

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... More than 100 conditions make up the group of disorders called interstitial lung disease. Most of them cause progressive scarring of lung tissue that eventually affects your ability to breathe and obt...
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