Interstitial Lung Diseases

How to Cite This Chapter: Hambly N, Kolb M, Rowińska-Zakrzewska E, Bestry I. Interstitial Lung Diseases. McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. Accessed January 25, 2021.
Last Updated: October 9, 2017
Last Reviewed: May 25, 2019
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Interstitial lung disease refers to a group of heterogeneous, noninfectious, and nonmalignant diseases that are characterized by diffuse inflammatory and/or fibrotic infiltration of the alveolar space or interstitial septum. Patients typically have a restrictive ventilatory defect, reduction in diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO), and variety of alveolar filling and interstitial changes on high-resolution computed tomography of the chest.

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