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Interstitial Lung Disease


Interstitial lung diseases are a group of lung disorders named for the tissue between the air sacs of the lungs called the interstitium.  The symptoms and course of these diseases can vary from person to person, but they commonly begin an inflammation of the lungs and can progress to fibrosis or scarring of the interstitium, air sacs and blood vessels of the lungs. 

There are many interstitial lung diseases including:

  • Asbestosis
  • Connective Tissue-related ILD
  • Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia
  • Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonia
  • Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage
  • Drug-related ILD
  • Eosinophilic Pneumonia
  • Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonia
  • Non-specific Interstitial Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Radiation fibrosis
  • Respiratory Bronchiolitis-related ILD
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis and other types of pulmonary vasculitis
The Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD) Clinic aims to provide patients with interstitial lung diseases the appropriate diagnosis and best treatment to improve their quality of life and survival.  We have a dedicated group of physicians and nurses working together to provide patients with the most comprehensive care available.  In addition to the ILD Clinic, this includes the Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Rheumatology programs.   Many interstitial lung diseases are not well understood and without good treatments.  We also work with many researchers at Ohio State and internationally to better understand these diseases and provide patients the access to the most current research studies with the goal of finding more effective therapies.

Please see our other pages to find out more information on causes, symptoms and treatments of ILD and to find out more about our ILD team.