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Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease refers to a group of lung disorder which causes scarring of lungs. Long-term exposure to poisonous substances like asbestos, coal dust, etc., causes the development of this disease. Dry cough, fatigue, breathlessness, chest discomfort, and weight loss are some symptoms. Chest X-rays, CT scans, etc., are used in the diagnosis of the disorder. Treatment options are oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, medications like corticosteroids, etc.

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Does a breathing problem persisting for a year indicate ILD?

Query: Hi doctor, A patient is having a breathing problem. I want to know whether it is a curable or autoimmune disease. She previously had a migraine headache. I am sending her reports. For one year, she is having this problem. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Reddy Keesari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It looks like ILD (interstitial lung disease). It is an irreversible condition. I suggest starting on tablet Wysolone (Prednisolone) 10 mg twice daily for two weeks, followed by 10 m...  Read Full »

Is stem cell therapy effective for ILD with sarcoids?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother aged 64 is suffering from interstitial lung disease (ILD) for the past three years. Now the doctor suggested recently that she has developed nodules which are mostly sarcoids in nature. Recent computed tomography (CT) scan report shows it. Is there any way to revive her lungs...  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhu Prasad N. C

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ILD (interstitial lung disease) has many different types. What was her type of ILD when diagnosed and what treatment was given? Development of new nodules which are suspicious of sarcoidosis is quite rare, nevertheless if her condition permits which need to be evalua...  Read Full »

I have breathing difficulty with restrictive disorder. What does it mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I have breathing difficulties. I had a spirometry test that showed a restrictive disorder. I recently had a computed tomography (CT) scan and waiting to see my specialist in the end of the month. I was wondering what could indicate this type of problem? I can attach my CT scan. I am cur...  Read Full »

Dr. Nookala Sunil Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The CT (computed tomography) scan which you attached is showing ground glass with mild reticular changes in your basal regions and from the history which you gave it could be an interstitial lung...  Read Full »

Why does my oxygen saturation level go down if I reduce the steroid dose?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 7 years, I was affected by chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP). From that time, I am in oxygen therapy and steroids 4 mg. My doctor told to taper them and stop so as per his advice I slowly tapered the dose of steroids and stopped it finally. When I stopped it, I cannot able...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hypersensitivity pneumonitis or HP is a type of interstitial lung disease. It is a chronic type of lung disease and treatment usually runs longer, especially with steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. As you said, you are taking steroids in tapering dose but still you...  Read Full »

I have shortness of breath with x-ray showing mild interstitial prominence. Please explain my condition.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently went to the emergency room (ER) because of the worst shortness of breathe within seconds while lying down. I have never had this in my life, and it lasted several minutes before it started to go away gradually. I felt like I was suffocating and came close to losing conscious...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a serious, progressive, chronic group of lung disease, which occurs in patients who usually have underlying chronic diseases like diabetes, thyroid issues, arthritis, etc. First of all, none of the medications prescribed to you can b...  Read Full »

Do I have interstitial lung disease (ILD) based on my X-ray reports?

Query: Hello doctor, I am sharing my chest X-ray report, PA (posteroanterior), and lateral views of the chest obtained in two images. Cardiomediastinal silhouette and vessels are normal in size. There is borderline central interstitial thickening—faint haziness within the right infrahilar region, probabl...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I understand your concern. According to your radiological interpretation, you are probably suffering from interstitial lung disease. Interstitial thickening means the repair process of the body gets hampered. The tissue around air sacs or alveoli...  Read Full »

Can a person with CT lung changes due to COVID pneumonia travel?

Query: Hi doctor, This is regarding my father’s medical condition. I want to know is he in a serious condition or is he good to travel. He had the same cough problem for the past two months and was treated by different doctors. Once the medication is done, then the cough started again. At last, he took a...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your statement, your father has been suffering from a continuous cough for the last two months. According to the CT (computed tomography) scan of the chest (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), bilateral interstitial thickening was noted, ...  Read Full »

I am worried about my father who is suffering from cough since 10 years and has been working in cotton industry for 20 years now. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father works in a cotton industry since last 20 years. From 10 years now, he is suffering from a cough. He underwent DNA (de-oxyribose nucleic acid) test and CT-scan (computed tomography), reports are normal. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. He has interstitial lung disease. He needs treatment but without examining, it is tough to advice. I would suggest you to visit a nearby doctor for a better treatment option. I hope I have answered your question. Let me kn...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for interstitial lung disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cough and frequent urination. I had a blood pressure issue before, and I take Cinod 10 mg currently. My CT scan report suggests interstitial lung disease. Multiple lymph nodes are enlarged in the abdomen. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The cough could be due to your interstitial lung disease problem. You can be prescribed steroid medication for that lung problem. Avoid smoking because it can worsen lung disease. The frequent urination could be due to a urinary tract infecti...  Read Full »

What causes inflamed nodules in chest CT?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a computed tomography (CT) high definition for an autoimmune check. I noticed it stated there is a new 2 mm nodule in the left upper lobe on series two image 154 with faint surrounding ground glass, likely inflammatory. Does this mean I have a ground glass nodule? Could it be som...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. To your description, the possibility of the inflammatory nodule is more likely. But I want to know a few more things to rule out malignant nodules. Please let me know if you have any smoking habits? Do you have any family history of cancer?...  Read Full »

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