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What is restrictive lung disease?

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People with restrictive lung disease can't fully fill their lungs with air.

Restrictive lung disease most often happens because of a condition that causes stiffness in the lungs themselves. In other cases, stiffness of the chest wall, weak muscles, or damaged nerves may cause it.

SOURCES:

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

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

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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