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What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

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The most common symptom of all forms of interstitial lung disease is shortness of breath. Nearly all people with interstitial lung disease will experience breathlessness, which may get worse over time.

Other symptoms include:

  • Cough, which is usually dry and nonproductive.
  • Weight loss, most often in people with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) or bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP).

From: Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. 4th edition, Elsevier Saunders, 2005. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,

National Jewish Health: "Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD): Overview."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Occupational Respiratory Disease."

News release, FDA.

UpToDate. 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mason, R. 4th edition, Elsevier Saunders, 2005. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,

National Jewish Health: "Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD): Overview."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Occupational Respiratory Disease."

News release, FDA.

UpToDate. 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

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