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Obstructive Lung Diseases 

Obstructive Lung Diseases
Obstructive Lung Diseases

Vivek N. Iyer

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date: 19 October 2019

An estimated 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 4,000 persons in the general population have a diagnosis of interstitial lung disease (ILD), and ILDs account for about 15% of all consultations for general pulmonologists. These diseases encompass a group of heterogeneous lung conditions characterized by diffuse involvement of the lung parenchyma and pulmonary interstitium. By convention, infections, pulmonary edema, lung malignancies, and emphysema are excluded, but they should be carefully considered as part of the differential diagnosis.

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