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Interstitial Lung Disease: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

Because chILD has so many forms, the signs and symptoms may vary widely. Possible symptoms include:

  • Fast breathing
  • Labored breathing, which also is called respiratory distress
  • Use of "helper" muscles while breathing (muscles in your child’s ribs or neck may stand out while breathing in)
  • Recurrent coughing, wheezing or crackling sounds heard in the chest with a stethoscope
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Recurrent bronchiolitis
  • Shortness of breath during exercise (in older children) or while eating (in infants), which also is called dyspnea 
  • Low oxygen levels in the blood, which is called hypoxemia 
  • Poor growth or failure to gain weight (failure to thrive)
  • Abnormal chest X-rays or CT scans