Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Chetan Lokhande, M.B.B.S [2]

Overview

History

The most important point to be remembered in history of IIP patiets is the age, sex and race. The age at which the patient presents first can provide a clue to the cause of IIP. Below are a few examples .

  • IPF occurs almost only in adult age group beyong 50 yrs.
  • Sarcoidosis is more common in young and middle-aged adults than elderly. Also its more comon in African-American females.
  • Pulmonary histiocytosis X occurs typically in cigarette smokers who are young.
  • Respiratory bronchiolitis (RB-ILD) is more common in heavy cigarette smokers . There is no specific age group that it affects.
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) affects pre-menopausal women .

Symptoms

The initial symptoms of Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia are:

However, sometimes a few symptoms due to the co-existing pathology are seen. Hence the following symptoms suggesting a connective tissue disorder should be carefully investigated.


A lot of Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia cases have co-existing emphysema symptoms.


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