Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial Lung Disease Specialist
Dr. Maged A. Tanios and his staff serve the residents of Long Beach, and many other Southern California communities. At Southern California Pulmonologists and Intensivists, the doctors diagnose and treat Interstitial Lung Disease.

Interstitial Lung Disease Q & A

What is an Interstitial Lung Disease?

Interstitial lung disease is a category of diseases that affects the thickness of the interstitium around the lungs. The interstitium is the connective tissue between the air sacs of the lungs. An interstitial lung disease usually causes scarring of the lung tissue and if left untreated can oftentimes lead to pulmonary fibrosis. Hundreds of thousands of individuals are affected by some form of an interstitial lung disease every year.

What Causes an Interstitial Lung Disease?

There are a number of factors that may cause a patient to have an interstitial lung disease. One of the most common reasons would be prolonged exposure to hazardous materials. Usually, this includes but is not limited to asbestos, tobacco, coal dust and mold.

What are the Symptoms of an Interstitial Lung Disease?

The major symptom of having an interstitial lung disease is a shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include a dry cough and in some cases weight loss. Individuals who have not gotten treatment may see these symptoms get worse over time.

What is the Treatment for an Interstitial Lung Disease?

Treatment of an interstitial lung disease varies from patient to patient depending on the severity and cause of the disease. CT scans and X-rays are first performed to try and identify the problem. In some cases simply identifying and avoiding the irritant causing the problem can help alleviate the symptoms. Most of the time an interstitial lung disease requires a physician to determine whether or not a patient may require antibiotics or in more severe cases, supplemental oxygen. If symptoms are severe a lung tissue sample is required to help determine a specific disease that is affecting the patient. Southern California Pulmonologists and Intensivists Network offers a team of highly trained physicians who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of interstitial lung diseases.

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