Inflammatory diseases of the lungs can arise from many different causes, but most commonly from infections or immunologic diseases. People with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to these conditions. Accurate diagnosis can be challenging.
The Infectious Lung Conditions and Immunologic Disorders Programs at The Lung Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) integrate the skills and experience of a multidisciplinary team of specialists: infectious disease physicians, pulmonologists with particular interest in challenging infections, rheumatologists, radiologists, pathologists and thoracic surgeons. These physicians work collaboratively with our diagnostic microbiology and rheumatology laboratories to clarify diagnoses and provide optimal treatments for a range of conditions.
As part of an internationally-known teaching hospital with an acclaimed pulmonary fellowship program, our researchers are developing innovative techniques for adjusting the body’s immune response to better treat the symptoms of infectious and immunologic disorders and reverse disease.
Infectious Lung Conditions and Immunologic Disorders Programs
Adult Cystic Fibrosis
Better lung care and aggressive infection treatment in young cystic fibrosis patients has decreased the need for lung transplantation. Adult care includes strategies for treating resistant germs and preventing lung scarring. Diagnosing genetic variants is increasing our ability to treat adult cystic fibrosis. Learn more about the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program.
Common before the advent of antibiotics, bronchiectasis is now considered rare and difficult to diagnose. Bronchiectasis causes the airways to scar, leading to recurrent lung infections. Our multispecialty team works together to preserve lung function, treat resistant germs with medication, and sometimes to remove scarred and non-functioning lungs surgically. Learn more about Bronchiectasis Services.
Immunologic and Autoimmune Lung Diseases
Immunologic illnesses can arise from causes such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Symptoms of immunologic diseases mimic those of other lung diseases and include impaired lung function and breathing. Our program uses the broad experience of The Lung Center to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. Learn more about Immunologic and Autoimmune Lung Diseases.
Our physicians treat pneumonia, an infection deep within the lung, and look for underlying causes, such as airway obstruction or resistant germs. We also treat expected complications, including empyema or pus around the lung and lung scarring. We specialize in fungal infections of the lung and infections affecting immuno-compromised patients. Learn more about Pneumonia Services.
Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Disease Services
Patients with tuberculosis (TB)/mycobacterial disease are cared for collaboratively by physicians from pulmonary and critical care medicine, infectious disease and thoracic surgery. We welcome referrals of patients with latent TB infection, suspected or proven TB disease and associated complications, multi-drug resistant TB, and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease. Learn more about Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Disease Services.
Infectious Lung Conditions and Immunologic Disorders Leadership Team
This page was last modified on 8/25/2016