Medical Definition of Interstitial lung disease

1. A group of lung disorders which result in scarring and dysfunction of the alveolus (air sac) in the lung. This results in poor oxygen diffusion from the air into the bloodstream. Widespread inflammation in the lung leads to fibrosis (scarring). Causes include chronic exposure to organic and inorganic dusts, fumes, vapors, radiation, medications and certain lung infections. Examples include asbestosis, silicosis, coal worker's pneumoconiosis and diffuse interstitial fibrosis. Smoking increases the risk in all cases. (27 Sep 1997)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Interstitial Lung Disease

interstitial cell tumour of testis
interstitial cystitis
interstitial deletion
interstitial disease
interstitial emphysema
interstitial fluid
interstitial gastritis
interstitial giant cell pneumonia
interstitial gland
interstitial growth
interstitial hernia
interstitial implantation
interstitial inflammation
interstitial keratitis
interstitial lamella
interstitial lung disease (current term)
interstitial lung disease with increased volume
interstitial mastitis
interstitial myositis
interstitial nephritis
interstitial neuritis
interstitial nucleus
interstitial nucleus of Cajal
interstitial pattern
interstitial plasma cell pneumonia
interstitial pneumonia
interstitial pneumonitis
interstitial pregnancy
interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
interstitial radiation

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