What Is Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Q:
What is interstitial pulmonary fibrosis?

A:
Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis occurs when scars forms in the space between the lungs’ air sacs (alveoli). This space is also known as interstitium. The scar tissue becomes stiff and restricts the alveoli to expand. As a result, your lungs can’t take in adequate oxygen and you may feel short of breath. As the disease progresses over time, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis may lead to respiratory failure and death.

In most cases, the disease is diagnosed by the ages of 40-60, with no preference for race or gender. There is no cure for interstitial pulmonary fibrosis at present, but treatment can help relieve symptoms and slow its progression.

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