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Interstitial lung disease, also called diffuse lung disease, is a group of rare lung disorders that can range from mild to life-threatening. These disorders can affect how much oxygen can get to the body, and many can cause inflammation and/or scarring of lung tissue. The pediatric pulmonologists with Norton Children’s Pulmonology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the training and expertise to care for childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD).
There are many forms of chILD. Some are genetic and can be inherited, while others may develop due to an illness or injury to the lungs. The disorders usually cause symptoms such as:
Many conditions can cause symptoms similar to interstitial lung disease. Our pediatric pulmonologists have extensive experience in diagnosing these conditions and treating accordingly.
The pediatric pulmonologists with Norton Children’s Pulmonology create a unique care plan for each child based on their chILD diagnosis. Treatment is based on the child’s health history and current condition. Treatment goals for chILD include:
Our pulmonologists work with providers throughout the Norton Children’s network should a child need further specialist care.
Our center specializes in caring for children with any type of respiratory disorder. Careful consideration is given to prescribe the best possible method of therapy following nationally accepted guidelines for treating child and other rare lung diseases, where applicable.