Quick Facts About Interstitial Lung Disease
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is the umbrella term used for a large group of diseases characterized by inflammation and/or scarring in the lungs. The inflammation and scarring can injure the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and get oxygen to the bloodstream. Shortness of breath is a common symptom of ILD, along with dry persistent cough, fatigue and weakness, chest discomfort, "clubbing" of the fingertips, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss.
- Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring of the lung and can be seen in many types of ILD.
- The inflammation and scarring can injure the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and get oxygen to the bloodstream.
- More than 250,000 Americans are living with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) and ILD.
- There are more than 50,000 new cases of ILD diagnosed annually in the U.S.
- All interstitial lung diseases affect the interstitium, a part of the lung.
- The damage caused by ILD can be irreversible and may worsen over time.
- ILD is difficult to diagnose. It may be debilitating and in some cases, incurable.
Connective Tissue Disease, Sarcoidosis, and Interstitial Lung Disease
September 15, 1:00 p.m. ET
Joyce Lee, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Medicine - Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Erin M. Wilfong, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Joyce Lee, MD, MS, and Erin M. Wilfong, MD, PhD will provide an overview of interstitial lung disease and some of the diseases that can lead to ILD. ILD is the umbrella term used for a large group of diseases characterized by inflammation and/or scarring in the lungs. Patients with sarcoidosis and some connective tissue diseases (CTD) such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and Sjögren's syndrome are at higher risk for ILD. Learn more about how interstitial lung disease (ILD) is diagnosed, and how some diseases may increase the risk of developing ILD.
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Symptoms of ILD
Shortness of breath is a common symptom of all ILDs. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Persistent, dry cough
- Fatigue and weakness
- Chest discomfort
- “Clubbing” of the fingertips (thickening of tissue under fingernails)
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
Causes of ILD
Unknown Causes of ILD
Known Causes of ILD
Patients with some inflammatory and connective tissue diseases are at a higher risk for ILD. These conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic scleroderma, myositis, including dermatomyositis and polymyositis (DM and PM), sarcoidosis and Sjögren's syndrome. See below for additional information on these diseases that can cause ILD.
ILD Day is presented by a collaboration of nine organizations representing patients affected by interstitial lung disease.
Thank you to our sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim, for supporting ILD Day.