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Overview: Interstitial lung disease is the term that describes a group of disorders that cause coughing, shortness of breath and scarring in the small airways of the lungs. In this interview with Bill Seiler, Dr. E. James Britt, a pulmonologist and associate director of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, explains the characteristics of these disorders and the treatment options. And Dr. Britt, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says a thorough patient evaluation is crucial in determining the most effective treatment. He also describes how inhaled irritants such as mineral particles, dusts and gases can lead to interstitial lung disease.
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