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Children's interstitial lung disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • ChILD
  • Primary ILD specific to childhood
  • Primary interstitial lung disease specific to childhood
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Overview

Children's interstitial and diffuse lung disease (chILD) is not a single condition, but a group of rare lung diseases found in infants, children and adolescents that can range from mild to severe[1].  All types of chILD decrease a child's ability to supply oxygen to their body.  These diseases make it difficult for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide and can cause fluid and other materials to collect in the lungs.  Early diagnosis and treatment is important for any type of chILD.  See the Children's Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation to see a list of different ILDs and to find more information about diagnosis, treatment and help finding a specialist.
Last updated: 1/4/2016

References

  1. Deterding, RR. Children's Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease. Progress and Future Horizons. Ann Am Thorac Soc; October 2015; 12(10):1451-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26414005.
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  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • ChILD
  • Primary ILD specific to childhood
  • Primary interstitial lung disease specific to childhood
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.