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Interstitial Lung Disease Program

The goal of the Thomas Jefferson University interstitial lung disease program is to provide patient-centered care that addresses all aspects of this very complicated condition.  All patients are seen at the Jefferson Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center in the Walnut Towers offices.  Patients may be referred to the Center by other physicians or request a second opinion on their own.

Interstitial lung disease is a term used to describe a group of conditions that cause scarring and/or inflammation in the space between the air sacs of the distal lung.  In most patients, inflammation and scarring gradually interfere with gas-exchange and cause slowly progressive shortness of breath, chronic dry hacking cough and decreased blood oxygen levels. Patients undergo a thorough review of outside records, physician evaluation in the office and as necessary, high resolution CT scans of the chest, pulmonary function studies including exercise testing, bronchoscopies and/or minimally-invasive surgical biopsy of the lung.  

Management of patients with interstitial lung diseases is often complex and varies depending on the underlying cause. For patients referred to our clinic, we typically solicit input from a wide range of health care providers including pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, thoracic surgeons, rheumatologists, nurses and respiratory therapists.  Studies suggest that centers with a multidisciplinary approach/expertise have better outcomes for these disorders.

The interstitial lung disease program at Thomas Jefferson University evaluates all forms of this lung condition including those related to drug, toxin, and environmental exposures as well as to idiopathic and secondary lung disorders. Clink on any link below to find out more about a particular interstitial lung disorder.

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