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Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a group of disorders characterized by scarring or inflammation of the tissue that surrounds and supports the air sacs in the lungs. The changes associated with ILD can gradually cause the lungs to become stiff over time, preventing the air sacs from expanding normally. This decreases the amount of oxygen that is absorbed by the lungs and transferred to the bloodstream.


While some cases of interstitial lung disease are caused by a known source, a significant proportion of ILD cases are idiopathic, meaning that these diseases have no known cause. The most common known causes of interstitial lung disease are:

Types of Idiopathic Interstitial Lung Disease

The most common types of idiopathic ILD are:

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If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of interstitial lung disease, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

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Temple Lung Center at Jeanes Campus virtual tour

Temple Lung Center Now at Jeanes Campus

This new location will allow patients in Northeast Philadelphia, Eastern Montgomery County and Bucks County to have access to Temple pulmonologists and services closer to home. Take our virtual tour and learn what to expect when you arrive.