Interstitial lung disease is defined as the lung disorder, which affects the space and the tissues around the alveoli and the air sacs of the lungs. This space is also known as the interstitium. This disease is also known as the diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD). The Interstitial lung disease is also abbreviated as the ILD. This is a progressive disorder. It leads to scarring and inflammation of the lung tissues. ILD affects the following areas of the lungs.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - This is a type of interstitial lung disease, which is progressive in form and is highly chronic in nature. The causes of the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are yet to be known. The interstitium is mainly affected in this case.