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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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 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 to move or walk and also my sa...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What causes inflamed nodules in chest CT?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a 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 something precancerous?  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 canc...  Read Full »

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 icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

What does mild bilateral interstitial prominence in a chest x-ray indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is suffering from asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes. She recently got COVID-19. She got an X-ray of her lungs. These are findings observed in the X-ray. There is a bilateral mild interstitial prominence. There is no definite infiltrates and pleural abnormality. The hear...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to the statement, your mother has recently affected by COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). She is a patient of asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes. She has done a chest X-ray and it reveals bilateral mil...  Read Full »

My aunt is suffering with breathing problem. Please examine the attached reports and suggest.

Query: Hi, I would first like to thank you for your services. Well things got started from last 10 days, my aunt was all fine and doing great back then but suddenly she got starting coughing slowly which then after next day became more and more coughing, we didn't took the cough seriously but after 2 or 3...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: HI Thanks for posting your query. I went through the reports and will try to analyse to the best of my capability . First of all her CT is clearly showing signs of Interstitial lung disease . ( I will not go into details of telling what it is ) but there may be super added Infection over it. Int...  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 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 consciousness. When they ...  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 ...  Read Full »

Can non-specific interstitial pneumonia be treated with salt therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, What is non-specific interstitial pneumonia? Is salt therapy beneficial for non-specific interstitial pneumonia? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. NSIP (non-specific interstitial pneumonia) is a chronic form of interstitial pneumonia, which cause thickening of the interstitium, an anatomical lung part not seen on x-rays. This type of thickening can be due to inflammation, scarring or edema in the lungs. Usually, the...  Read Full »

Will TB lungs exhibit honey comb damage in radiology?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67-year-old female. I have a significant past medical history of TB and a lifetime history of bronchitis. My arthritis is currently being treated with Remicade. Last month, while in a temporary job I developed severe altitude sickness (SOB, fatigue, and confusion) followed by b...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chronic bronchitis with rheumatoid arthritis with recently diagnosed with RA related interstitial lung disease or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. You had a history of PTB and taki...  Read Full »

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