Interstitial Lung Disease

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A portrait of a woman with interstitial lung disease.

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a group of diseases that irritate, inflame or scar the lungs and supporting air sacs. When this scarring (or pulmonary fibrosis) occurs, it can cause stiffness in the lungs, making it difficult for a person to breathe enough oxygen into the bloodstream.

The Yale Medicine Interstitial Lung Disease Program focuses on bringing together specialists from different disciplines, including pulmonary pathologists, chest radiologists, rheumatologists and occupational medicine physicians, to provide patients with the best care.