The Journal of Association of Chest Physicians

: 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3--15

Interstitial lung disease: Diagnostic approach

Kaushik Saha 
 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan, West Bengal, India

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Kaushik Saha
Rabindra Pally, 1st Lane, P. O. Nimta, Kolkata 700 049, West Bengal

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a final common pathway of a broad heterogeneous group of parenchymal lung disorders. It is characterized by progressive fibrosis of the lung leading to restriction and diminished oxygen transfer. Clinically, the presenting symptoms of ILD are non-specific (cough and progressive dyspnea on exertion) and are often attributed to other diseases, thus delaying diagnosis and timely therapy. Clues from the medical history along with the clinical context and radiologic findings provide the initial basis for prioritizing diagnostic possibilities for a patient with ILD. An accurate prognosis and optimal treatment strategy for patients with ILDs can only be after an accurate diagnosis. This review will assist pulmonary physicians and medicine specialist in recognition of ILD. Extensive literature search has been made through PubMed and also Book References has been used for writing this review.

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Saha K. Interstitial lung disease: Diagnostic approach.J Assoc Chest Physicians 2014;2:3-15

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Saha K. Interstitial lung disease: Diagnostic approach. J Assoc Chest Physicians [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Jan 26 ];2:3-15
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