What is restrictive lung disease?

Restrictive lung disease is any condition in which the elasticity of the lungs has been compromised. When lungs are stiff and unable to expand and contract as usual, then normal respiratory function is not possible. Restrictive lung disease is a general term to describe conditions that cause this stiffening; specific conditions that can be classified as restrictive lung diseases include pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, and sarcoidosis.

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Is restrictive lung disease serious?
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Once restrictive lung disease develops, it is irreversible in most cases. Pulmonary fibrosis, which ...
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How is restrictive lung disease caused in children?
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Restrictive lung disease is caused in children by scoliosis or disease.
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What percentage of Americans exhibit restricted breathing patterns?
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According to the International Breath Institute, an organization dedicated to spreading the good new...
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What are some examples of common restrictive lung diseases?
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Pulmonary fibrosis is a common restrictive lung disease often resulting from overexposure to radiati...
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