Idiopathic Interstitial Fibrosis

  • Samuel P. Hammar

Abstract

Fibrosis is a nonspecific reaction to injury typically occurring in association with or after a significant inflammatory process. In the case of a myocardial infarct, for example, the region of ischemic necrosis is eventually replaced by a dense fibrous scar. In skin, regions of surgical incision or traumatic laceration undergo fibrosis as part of the normal healing process. Similarly, the lung is an organ in which fibrotic reactions occur. In some instances, such as pulmonary infarcts, fibrosis may be part of a normal healing process, and the mechanism of fibrosis is relatively well understood. In other conditions, such as asbestosis, the etiology is apparent but the mechanism of fibrosis is poorly understood. In myocardial infarcts and wound healing, fibrosis serves a useful purpose. When it occurs in the interstitium of peripheral lung tissue, it has a deleterious effect, interfering with normal physiologic functions such as blood flow and gas diffusion.

Keywords

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Interstitial Lung Disease Interstitial Fibrosis Interstitial Pneumonitis 
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