Interstitial lung disease: Diagnosis and treatment

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Interstitial lung disease is a group of more than 150 diseases that cause inflammation and/or scarring of the lungs.

Jim Allen, MD, a pulmonologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, focuses on this classification of disease in his outpatient practice. He emphasizes the need for careful evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. This includes taking a physical history, exam, outpatient testing and, sometimes, a surgical lung biopsy. Findings are carefully reviewed by a team of specialists, including pulmonologists, pathologists and radiologists, at what’s called the Interstitial Lung Disease Conference.

Once a diagnosis is made, an individual treatment plan is developed. Options may include medications that improve or prolong life, as well as lung transplantation or even clinical trials. Dr. Allen highlights the unique patient opportunities available at a research hospital like Ohio State.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (614) 688-6540 or visit http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/patient-care/healthcare-services/lung-pulmonary.

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