We offer expert care for a variety of ILDs including the following:
Connective tissue disease, also known as autoimmune disease, occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks its organs. This can lead to inflammation and scarring in the lungs. Examples include scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome or myositis.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a type of ILD related to environmental exposure. It can be due to the lungs’ reaction to inhaled particles, or antigens, like mold and airborne dust.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the most common type of ILD, involves progressive scarring of the lungs that can eventually affect their ability to provide the body with enough oxygen. It’s usually found in people over age 50 who are former smokers.
Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia is a type of ILD that can be caused by autoimmune disease, drug reactions or environmental exposure. Sometimes no cause is found.
Sarcoidosis involves small areas of inflammation that can occur throughout the body’s organs, but most commonly in the lung. It can also affect the eyes, heart, liver, kidney, skin, lymph nodes and brain.