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Interstitial lung disease

The interstitial lung disease unit at University Hospital Southampton reviews patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) from across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and beyond. We have dedicated clinical, nursing and research staff to provide the highest standard of care for patients with ILD.

What is interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial lung disease, commonly known as ILD, is an umbrella term used to describe a group of rare conditions that all result in inflammation and scarring of the lung. The most common of these conditions are:

  • idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • sarcoidosis.

Interstitial lung disease can also be associated with rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma, as well as other less common conditions.

The ILD unit

We have a dedicated specialist multi-disciplinary team who ensure an accurate diagnostic and management pathway for our patients. Our ILD unit is one of a small number of specialist centres across England, which provide a specialist multidisciplinary service for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for individuals with ILD.

We'll provide you with:

  • a comprehensive review of your condition
  • access to general and disease specific investigations
  • a review of your case in a dedicated meeting of experts from specialties including radiology, pathology and surgery.

Support group

WILD (Wessex ILD) is our dedicated regional support group for those with interstitial lung disease. Visit the WILD website for more information.

Useful links

The following links related to interstitial lung disease may be of interest:

Contact us

You can contact our clinical nurse specialist on 023 8120 6277 or via email at