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Connective Tissue Disease - Interstitial Lung Disease

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What is CTD-ILD?

CTD-ILD Definition

Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease (CTD-ILD) is a lung disease that may happen to some people with a connective tissue disease.

What is CTD-ILD?

Some examples of connective tissue diseases (also known as rheumatologic, collagen vascular, or autoimmune diseases) are:

  • Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease

CTD-ILD causes inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs. Some patients with ILD may have features of a CTD, but not meet all of the criteria necessary to diagnosis a specific autoimmune disease. These patients may be at risk for developing a specific autoimmune disease in the future and should be evaluated by a rheumatologist.

To schedule an appointment, please call the primary coordinator for the CTD-ILD Program at 310-825-5800.

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