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Covid19 Unmasked Interstitial Lung Disease: Kolkata Pulmonologists

Kolkata, Mar 15: City-based pulmonologists believe the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light the prevalence of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), though there isn’t conclusive proof that Covid-19 directly causes it.

ILD is a group of uncommon lung diseases characterized by inflammation and scarring. While no direct link between Covid-19 and ILD onset has been established, pulmonologists suggest the pandemic may have unveiled pre-existing, undiagnosed cases.

“There’s no evidence Covid triggers ILD, but it likely unmasked it,” remarked pulmonologist Dr. Saibal Moitra, attributing the rise in detected cases to increased awareness and diagnostic testing.

ILD patients experience symptoms like persistent cough and worsening breathlessness. Dr. Arindam Mukherjee, another pulmonologist, emphasized the importance of tailored treatment plans and stopping disease progression.

“ILD management varies for each patient,” he said. “Misdiagnosing chronic respiratory problems as ILD can be discouraging for patients and prevent them from receiving effective treatment.”

Dr. Arpan Chakraborty, a critical care specialist, clarified that ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) support, though not a direct treatment for ILD, can be a bridge therapy before lung transplant in some cases.

The ILD management program, with sessions led by skilled pulmonologists twice a month, aims to improve patients’ quality of life by alleviating symptoms and slowing disease progression.

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