INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE (ILD) – A CASE STUDY
Clinton Baby*, Anson Mathew Joseph, Muhammed Shafi K., Soorya Soman and Athira R. S.
Interstitial lung disease is a term that broadly describes a diverse collection of lung disorders. These diseases are classified together because they all affect the tissue and space around the alveoli (air sacs). It is mainly manifested by respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath & cough, specific chest radiographic abnormalities, typical changes of pulmonary function test in which lung volume is decreased and characteristic microscopic patterns of inflammation & fibrosis. We present a case of an 80 year old male patient who was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease-acute exacerbation. The clinical features, diagnosis and therapeutic regimen is explained. More efforts are required to develop novel effective therapies.
Keywords: Interstitial lung disease, Inflammation, Fibrosis, Pulmonary function test.
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