Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic Overview

Doctors working together to treat a patient with a lung condition

A Mayo Clinic pulmonary medicine physician works with a doctor in training (fellow) to perform a bronchoscopy.

Interstitial lung diseases are a group of disorders characterized by the abnormal accumulation of cells or noncellular material in the supportive structures between air sacs of the lungs. This process results in thickening and stiffness of the normally elastic tissues of the lung. Many people with interstitial lung disease are short of breath on exertion, and some have a bothersome dry cough.

The physician experts of the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic work closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes chest (thoracic) surgeons, radiologists and pathologists. Together they develop an individualized treatment plan for you that's based on the full range of options, comprehensive evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and your concerns and treatment goals.

Conditions treated

  • Alveolar proteinosis
  • Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia
  • Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease (scleroderma lung, rheumatoid lung, mixed connective tissue disease, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, Sjogren's-related lung disease, undifferentiated connective tissue disease)
  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (mold exposure, farmer's lung, pigeon breeder's disease), acute and chronic
  • Idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Occupational exposure, pneumoconiosis (coal workers' pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, berylliosis, silicosis)
  • Pleural disorders link to interventional pulmonology specialty group page below
  • Pulmonary eosinophilic granuloma, histiocytosis X, Langerhans cell granulomatosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Smoking-related interstitial lung disease (desquamative interstitial pneumonia), respiratory bronchiolitis and respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease

Appointments

You may be referred by your primary doctor, or you may make an appointment without a referral. Availability of services may vary among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.

For appointments or more information about the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.

For appointments or more information about the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.

For appointments or more information about the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, call the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at 507-284-2079 or the Center for Sleep Medicine at 507-266-7456 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday, or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for respiratory disorders.

April 11, 2018