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When healthcare providers discuss a person's pulmonary fibrosis prognosis, they carefully consider all of the factors that could affect that person's disease and treatment before predicting what might happen. Some of the factors that can lengthen the life expectancy in people with pulmonary fibrosis include a positive response to treatment after three to six months, a younger age, and minimal shortness of breath at diagnosis.
- A younger age (under 50 years old)
- Symptoms that began less than one year before diagnosis (see Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis)
- If the pulmonary fibrosis is associated with certain diseases (such as systemic sclerosis) compared to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Minimal shortness of breath at diagnosis
- Less lung damage based on the high-resolution CT (HRCT) at the time of diagnosis
- A positive response to treatment after three to six months (see Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment).