Interstitial lung disease or diffuse parenchymal lung disease is a group of diseases thickens the tissues between air sacs of the lungs. It causes scarring leads to lung stiffness, effect breathe and oxygen into blood stream. It associates basement membrane, pulmonary capillary endothelium, alveolar epithelium, perivascular and perilymphatic tissues.
Interstitial lung disease may be broadly categorized into known and unknown causes. Common known causes include autoimmune or rheumatologic diseases, occupational and organic exposures, medications, and radiation. Interstitial lung disease of unknown cause is predominated by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a specific and progressive fibrotic lung disease, followed by the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, such as nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), and sarcoidosis.
Related Journals of Interstitial Lung Disease
Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine, Journal of Clinical Respiratory: Open Access, Sarcoidosis Vasculitis and Diffuse Lung Diseases, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Zhonghua jie he he hu xi za zhi = Zhonghua jiehe he huxi zazhi = Chinese journal of tuberculosis and respiratory diseases, European Respiratory Disease.