Interstitial lung disease is a group of disorders that includes more than 200 types of chronic inflammation of the lung. These conditions share many common radiological and clinical features, but specific classification by surgical biopsy can lead to refined treatment that can improve overall symptom control and prognosis.1 Early diagnosis and treatment may delay or avoid irreversible fibrosis or scarring of the lung tissue. Associate Professor Christopher Cao can offer minimally invasive lung biopsies through a keyhole operation, which may offer a shorter period of hospitalization and reduced pain. With the help of his specialized Respiratory Physician colleagues, A/Professor Cao often treats patients with interstitial lung disease as part of a multi-disciplinary approach.

  1. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2010/march/interstitial-lung-disease-%E2%80%93-an-approach-to-diagnosis-and-management/