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What lung diseases affect the interstitium?

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The interstitium is the microscopically thin, delicate lining between the air sacs (alveoli) that make up most of your lung tissue. Tiny blood vessels run through the interstitium and allow gas exchange between the alveoli and the blood. Various lung diseases affect the interstitium:

  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD): A broad collection of lung conditions affecting the interstitium. Sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and autoimmune disease are among the many types of ILD.
  • Pneumonias and pulmonary edemas can also affect the interstitium.

From: Lung Diseases Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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Mason, R.  , Elsevier Saunders, 2010.  Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine 5th Edition

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

SOURCE:

Mason, R.  , Elsevier Saunders, 2010.  Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine 5th Edition

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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