Disability/Illness Description:

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) is a lung disease that affects premature infants during the first few months of life. The name Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia describes what is going on inside the infant’s lungs. “Broncho” refers to the airways that lead to the lungs. “Pulmonary” refers to the air sacs where the actual work of the lungs is carried out. “Dysplasia” means abnormal growth.

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia involves abnormal development of lung tissue. It is characterized by inflammation and scarring in the lungs. It develops most often in premature babies, who are born with underdeveloped lungs.


Learn About Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
American Lung Association National Headquarters
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 800-586-4872
Email: info@lung.org
For the local chapter call l-800-LUNG-USA

American Lung Association of the Northeast
serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 781-890-4262
Email: info@lungne.org

Other Information:

Kid’s Health/ for Parents

What is Bronhopulmonary Dysplasia? – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia – American Lung Association


Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/6/2020