Fibrotic lung diseases

Fibrotic lung diseases affect the pulmonary interstitium, a lace-like network of tissues that extends throughout both lungs to provide support to the alveoli. Interstitial lung disease causes thickening of the interstitium, which can be due to inflammation, scarring, or build-up of fluid.

Fibrotic interstitial diseases include:

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Pulmonary sarcoidosis

Three interesting facts about IPF

  • More men than women suffer from IPF, and the number increases with age
  • 5-10% of people with IPF will have a family history of the condition
  • Around 90% of IPF patients will also suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease