Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) encompass a large and heterogeneous group of parenchymal lung disorders, most of which cause scarring of lung tissue. ILDs are categorized on the basis of clinical, histopathologic, or radiologic parameters. Regardless, all ILDs share a common manner of development involving a series of inflammatory events. The scarring associated with ILDs eventually results in gradual onset of dyspnea and hypoxemia. Although the clinical course is variable, a proportion of patients with ILD will go on to develop progressive fibrosing ILDs (PF-ILDs) resulting in accelerated respiratory failure, frequent disease exacerbation, and earlier mortality. Facilitating an accurate diagnosis can ensure best patient outcomes with appropriate therapy.
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Cite this: Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Progressive Fibrosing Interstitial Lung Disease - Medscape - Mar 17, 2023.