Interstitial (in-tur-STISH-ul) lung disease (ILD) refers to a variety of lung disorders that affect breathing and absorption of oxygen by the lungs. Many people with ILD are short of breath during even mild exercise and some have a bothersome cough, which is usually dry.
Why Choose Mayo Clinic
- Experience. Mayo Clinic specialists treat hundreds of people for ILD every year.
- Special expertise. Dozens of Mayo Clinic doctors specialize in interstitial lung diseases. Mayo Clinic's Pulmonary Function Laboratory offers comprehensive lung function testing. Rehabilitation programs help you and your family learn to optimally live with chronic ILD. Mayo Clinic in Florida and Minnesota have successful lung transplant programs for people who need this option. You have access to clinical trials evaluating promising therapies.
- Coordinated care. Your doctor has access to a wealth of resources to identify and treat your problem – all in one convenient location. Testing and consultations are scheduled in an efficient and coordinated way to quickly find answers and begin treatment.
Read more about interstitial lung disease at MayoClinic.com.