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How does interstitial lung disease (pulmonary fibrosis) affect the lungs?

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This includes about 100 chronic disorders that cause inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs. The buildup of scar tissue ends up destroying the air sacs and capillaries in the lungs and makes it hard to get enough oxygen. Eventually the lungs stiffen, and it becomes more and more difficult to breathe.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 20, 2020

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