Medications

Inhaled treprostinil beneficial in pulmonary hypertension

(HealthDay)—Inhaled treprostinil improves exercise capacity in patients with pulmonary hypertension due to interstitial lung disease, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Safe pregnancy is possible for women with interstitial lung disease

A new study shows that women with interstitial lung disease (ILD) related to autoimmune disease may not need to terminate their pregnancies—despite the increased risk of adverse outcomes—provided they have close monitoring ...

Genetics

Unraveling the genetic determinants of small vessel vasculitis

Autoimmune disease is fundamentally a mystery: whyever should an organism systematically set out to harm itself? Now, researchers at the University of Tsukuba have identified a genetic basis for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic ...

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Interstitial lung disease (ILD), also known as diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD), refers to a group of lung diseases affecting the interstitium (the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs). It concerns alveolar epithelium, pulmonary capillary endothelium, basement membrane, perivascular and perilymphatic tissues.

The term ILD is used to distinguish these diseases from obstructive airways diseases.

Prolonged ILD may result in pulmonary fibrosis, but this is not always the case. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is one form of "interstitial lung disease".

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