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Interstitial lung disease (ILD)  is a broad collection of over 200 chronic lung disorders, including the autoimmune condition of Sarcoidosis, chronic Asthma, chronic Rhinitis, chronic Sinusitis, Reactive Airway Disease Syndrome (RADS) andor pulmonary fibrosis . Turley Hansen & Rosasco represents many clients who have interstitial lung disease, helping these clients obtain lifelong medical care through the World Trade Center Health Program and monetary compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

When a person has ILD, the tissue between the air sacs of the lungs (called the interstitium) is affected by the inflammation or scarring (fibrosis). The scarring or fibrosis causes a person’s lung tissue to lose the ability to breathe fully and, as a result carry oxygen to the body. ILD is a chronic/long term condition that is generally non-malignant (not cancerous).

ILD is caused by inhaling environmental pollutants, exposure to asbestos fibers, and silica dust — the substances that have been documented to be part of the toxic dust and the fumes that blanketed New York City after the 9/11 attacks. 

Common symptoms of an ILD/pulmonary fibrosis are similar to the various other 9/11-related breathing conditions (such as COPD), and include shortness of breath (especially with exercise or other strenuous activity), a dry cough without mucus/phlegm (similar to World Trade Center cough), and difficulty or labored breathing. Like many the other 9/11-related breathing disorders, ILD/pulmonary fibrosis is gradually progressive.

Learn more about interstitial lung disease from the Mayo Clinic here.

Should you have questions about medical care or an award for Interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis or another form of 9/11 lung disease from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.