Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dr. Daniel Dilling, a pulmonologist, with WJOL radio

Dr. Daniel Dilling, medical director of Loyola's Lung Transplant department and Medical Intensive Care Unit, talks about a range of lung disease, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

IPF causes progressive scarring of the lungs, which makes it very hard to breathe. The median lifespan of a patient diagnosed with this disease is only three years, so it is a very serious condition. IPF is the most common reason that people undergo lung transplants.

Another serious condition of the lungs is cystic fibrosis. This is a genetic disease and the third leading reason why people get a lung transplant. Many young people are found to have this condition. It leads to bronchiectasis, which is an enlargement of the very small airways. This results in lung infections. Dr. Dilling also talks about emphysema and Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease. These are usually caused by smoking, but not always.

He also discusses lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM. It affects women of child-bearing age. In this disease, women develop cysts within their lungs. These cysts eventually crowd out normal lung tissue, making it harder for women to breathe. One medication has finally been developed to help to treat these patients. Loyola now treats about one-third of all LAM patients in the U.S.

Loyola's Lung Transplant program has performed more lung transplants than any other hospital in Illinois, Dr. Dilling says. Only a select number of hospitals have the expertise and resources to perform this operation and care for lung transplant patients. Lung transplant is only chosen if the patient is in the end stages of their disease. But it is a high risk operation.

Loyola also holds clinical trials and can offer patients leading-edge treatment options. This very important work leads to improved treatment for the future.

Dr. Dilling's last message: Don't smoke and if you do, then quit! The consequences are just too serious.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.