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What causes restrictive lung disease?

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Some conditions that can cause restrictive lung disease include:

  • Interstitial lung disease, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease
  • Obesity
  • Scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular disease, such as muscular dystrophy or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition, Saunders, 2010.
News release, FDA.

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 6, 2020

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition, Saunders, 2010.
News release, FDA.

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 6, 2020

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