Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic

The interstitial lung diseases are a group of disorders characterized by the abnormal accumulation of cells and/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 patients are short of breath on exertion, and some have a bothersome cough, which is usually dry.

Conditions and Symptoms Treated

  • Alveolar proteinosis
  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
  • Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia
  • Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease (scleroderma lung, rheumatoid lung, mixed connective tissue disease, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, antisynthetase syndrome, Sjogren's-related lung disease, undifferentiated connective tissue disease)
  • Smoking-related interstitial lung disease (desquamative interstitial pneumonia ), respiratory bronchiolitis and respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease
  • Acute and chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (mold exposure, farmer’s lung, pigeon breeder's disease)
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia
  • Occupational exposure/pneumoconiosis (coal worker's pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, berylliosis, silicosis)
  • Pulmonary eosinophilic granuloma, histiocytosis X, Langerhans cell granulomatosis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis


Referring physicians may refer a patient by calling 507-266-5770.

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