interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
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in·ter·sti·tial pul·mo·nar·y fi·bro·sis
includes both idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis associated with connective tissue disease and other known primary diseases.
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interstitial pulmonary fibrosisA lung disorder involving widespread deposition of fine scar tissue fibrosis. This interferes with oxygenation of the blood and with the release of carbon dioxide. The condition may be caused by long-term irritation by chemical fumes or industrial dusts, but is usually of presumed AUTOIMMUNE origin. There is breathlessness, cough, chest pain and FINGER CLUBBING and progressive deterioration. There is no specific treatment for the established condition, short of lung transplantation.
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