How to Distinguish Pulmonary Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung Disease?

Q:
How to distinguish pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease?

A:
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a family of lung diseases while pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is just a kind of lung diseases. They are different but hard to distinguish.

An important way to distinguish ILD and PF is to observe their responses to prednisone that is medication used to suppress the immune system. Typically, ILD have responses to the medication in most cases while PF does not have any. Another way to distinguish the two diseases is to exam the lung tissue through a microscope. This is usually done by your doctor in a lab.

Keywords: pulmonary fibrosis interstitial lung disease

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