Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is an umbrella term that covers many different conditions.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common type of ILD.
Other names for IPF are cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis or usual interstitial pneumonia.
When you have IPF, inflammation or scar tissue builds up in your lungs, making them thick and hard. This build-up of scar tissue is called fibrosis. As your lungs become stiffer and lose their elasticity, they are less able to take oxygen from the air you breathe.
NUH is host to the regional centre for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) and the national Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Centre, providing care for patients with ILDs from across the East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire) and nationally for patients with LAM
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Patients wanting further support and guidance on how to cope with living with the condition or to help someone who is, can get help from Nottingham IPF support group
Nottingham University Hospital pulmonary fibrosis support group meets at Edwalton Golf Club, Wellin Lane, Edwalton, Nottingham.
They have a lot of information and support on their Facebook Page.
You can also email: Email: Julie.Morgan@nuh.nhs.uk