Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

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Advanced Treatment for Interstitial Lung Disease

Norton Pulmonary Specialists is a leader in treating interstitial lung disease (ILD) for patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Pulmonary Specialists have the experience and training to manage interstitial lung disease.

Interstitial lung disease refers to multiple disorders that can inflame and scar lung tissue. Sometimes there is only one cause. Sometimes there are a host of causes. That’s where we come in.

Exposure to hazardous materials over a long period of time can be a cause of interstitial lung disease. Autoimmune diseases are also possible causes.

Our pulmonologists have the experience and training to find the underlying causes of interstitial lung disease. Typically, we gather enough data to make a determination using minimally invasive techniques. After reaching a precise diagnosis, we work with you to tailor a treatment plan specific to you. From the first test to outpatient therapy, our team is with you every step of the way help you live your best life.

What Is Interstitial Lung Disease?

ILD involves scarring or inflammation of lung tissues that makes it difficult to breathe and provide oxygen to your bloodstream. Long-term exposure to asbestos and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis are known causes of ILD. In some cases, the cause isn’t known.

Lung scarring isn’t reversible. Treatment focuses on slowing the damage of ILD with medication.

Possible Complications of ILD

  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in your lungs’ arteries)
  • Right-sided heart failure as the right ventricle has to work harder to pump blood through the pulmonary arteries
  • Respiratory failure as low oxygen levels and high pressure in the pulmonary arteries cause heart failure

Care That’s Convenient for You

  • Our staff includes interventional pulmonologists who are trained and experienced in minimally invasive diagnostics and treatment, including robotic-assisted bronchoscopy, meaning you’ll have access to advanced technology for your care.
  • We have seven convenient Louisville-area locations: Northeastern Louisville, downtown Louisville, Newburg, Pleasure Ridge Park and Mount Washington, Kentucky; in Southern Indiana, Jeffersonville and Scottsburg.
  • We provide pulmonary care and respiratory management of critical care patients at Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital.
  • Norton Healthcare’s pulmonary rehabilitation program has three locations in Louisville and is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • We work as a team with referring physicians, including pediatricians.
  • Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans are accepted.

About Norton Pulmonary Specialists

The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians with Norton Pulmonary Specialists are leaders in caring for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and other lung diseases.

  • More than two dozen board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians with extensive experience specialize in diagnosis and management of all forms of lung diseases and sleep disorders, so you can get the care you need.
  • The Norton Pulmonary Specialists team pursues leading-edge treatments, and our specialists are investigators on many clinical trials that give patients access to the latest treatments.
  • Our specialists use robotic-assisted bronchoscopy to perform minimally invasive biopsies of the lung, which allows for greater precision during the important diagnostic procedure.  
  • Norton Pulmonary Specialists is accredited by the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • Our providers will give you a precise diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan for your lung condition, so you can get back to living your best life.
  • For asthma, your physician will work with you to develop a written asthma action plan to help you manage your symptoms.
  • Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans are accepted.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free Norton MyChart account.

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