Interstitial Lung Disease (Wigan based)

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) can be difficult to identify in primary care and unfortunately for some patients, currently carries a poor prognosis; the median survival for those with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is only 3–3.5 years (

Lisa and Sara talk to respiratory consultant Dr Ashish about this condition. We learn about when to be suspicious about a diagnosis of ILD, who is at risk and the symptoms and signs. We also hear about the reliability of the different investigations that are recommended in primary care and what happens after we have referred someone to outpatient respiratory clinic. We end with talking through how to manage exacerbations in these patients, prognosis and a little bit about fitness to fly.


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This podcast has been made with the support of Wigan CCG and GP Excellence in Greater Manchester. Given that they are recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 

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