Lung Disease

Lung care (pulmonology) at University of Minnesota Medical Center has been named as high-performing in the 2015-2016 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
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Your lungs help you breathe. When they become damaged, you have lung disease. There are many forms of lung disease, including cystic fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD.

Although most lung disease does not have a recognized source, it can be caused by exposure to asbestos or silica dust, gases, fumes, or poisons. Some medications, such as radiation therapy, can cause lung disease. Lung disease can also be caused by lung infections and connective tissue diseases, including scleroderma, systemic lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.

If lung scarring has occurred, the condition is usually irreversible. Medications may slow the progression of the disease, but you may not regain full use of your lungs. For patients with severe advanced lung disease, a transplant may be the only option.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians diagnose, treat, and provide follow-up services for patients with a broad spectrum of lung diseases. We also have a special team dedicated to interstitial lung disease. Our pulmonology program is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its high quality, and we are known for our expertise and compassionate care.

Many of our physicians are also involved in research, seeking better diagnosis and treatment options for persons with lung disease. Patients in our programs may qualify to participate in one of our ongoing clinical trials.

If their condition progresses to advanced, end-stage lung disease, they may be a candidate for a lung transplant. M Health Fairview has pioneered many lung transplant procedures, including the first heart/lung transplant in Minnesota.

Today, we have the largest lung transplant program in the region, and our patient survival rates are significantly higher than the national average.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Lung Transplant

A diseased or failing lung can be replaced with a healthy lung in a surgical procedure known as a lung transplant. This procedure is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their condition and quality of life hasn't sufficiently improved.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Management
  • Oxygen Therapy

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