Lung Diseases

A conservative estimate of primary or secondary lung involvement in 5 to 10 percent of rare diseases suggests that there are at least 1 to 2 million American patients suffering from rare lung diseases.1 Rare lung diseases generally affect individuals from birth through about age 60, and are uncommon in the elderly. Some diseases are more prevalent in certain racial and ethnic populations, such as sarcoidosis in African Americans, for unknown reasons.The causes and pathophysiology of these diseases are varied and complex. Many lung disorders have a genetic basis and most lung diseases have genetic influence.

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