Genetic Interstitial Lung Disease

Megan Stuebner Devine, Christine Kim Garcia

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Abstract

The interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), or diffuse parenchymal lung diseases, are a heterogeneous collection of more than 100 different pulmonary disorders that affect the tissue and spaces surrounding the alveoli. Patients affected by ILD usually present with shortness of breath or cough; for many, there is evidence of pulmonary restriction, decreased diffusion capacity, and radiographic appearance of alveolar and/or reticulonodular infiltrates. This article reviews the inherited ILDs, with a focus on the diseases that may be seen by pulmonologists caring for adult patients. The authors conclude by briefly discussing the utility of genetic testing in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-110
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

Keywords

  • Genetics
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Mutations
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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