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9/11 Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) or pulmonary fibrosis is a broad collection of over 200 chronic lung disorders. Turley Hansen represents many clients who have ILD, helping these clients obtain lifelong medial care at the medical Centers of Excellence and also to receive compensation from the 9/11 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 from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.