Interstitial Lung Disease Symptoms

Interstitial lung disease encompasses 100 distinct types of pulmonary conditions. The symptoms of interstitial lung disease are bound to vary from case to case. Research has found that there are common symptoms of interstitial lung disease. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Severe or chronic coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • On again/off again infections
  • Fatigue
  • Excess amount of mucus
  • Wheezing

At this moment, interstitial lung disease is incurable, but treatable. There are many treatments available for interstitial lung disease, but therapy does not make the disease disappear. Therapy is provided to improve quality of life, reduce symptoms, or prevent the ongoing progression of the disease.

Upon diagnosis, physicians use a combination of medications to suppress the immune system, but this strategy has not met with much success. To help patients who are struggling to breathe, compressed oxygen is prescribed to manage shortness of breath. Pulmonary rehabilitation and nutritional counseling are sometimes recommended to improve endurance. In severe cases, pulmonologists may resort to a lung transplant, but this invasive procedure often has limited availability and extensive requirements for eligibility.

 Cellular Therapy for Interstitial Lung Disease

In the case of interstitial lung disease, autologous cells are used, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in the bone marrow and in the patient’s blood. Cells derived from the bone marrow and blood have the capacity to form many types of differentiated cells. During the procedure, cellular therapy involves isolating adult cells from bone marrow and blood, which requires special laboratory techniques to collect them. After being extracted from the patient’s body, they are isolated. Then they are given back to the patient intravenously. The treatment is minimally invasive and typically an outpatient procedure. The procedure should be performed in a clinical setting under the supervision of a professional.

It takes a physician with specific training to perform cellular therapy adequately and safely. If you would like to find out more about ways to relieve your symptoms of interstitial lung disease, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at 888-745-6697 to schedule a free consultation.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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Each patient is different. Results may vary.