What to Expect With Pulmonary Fibrosis

Treatment

Today, research scientists are beginning to better understand what causes pulmonary fibrosis, and they can diagnose it more quickly. They are also studying several medicines that may slow down the progress of the disease. These efforts should lead to longer and better quality lives for people who have it.
 
Treatment for pulmonary fibrosis cannot remove scarring that has already happened. Therefore, diagnosing and treating it as early as possible (before a lot of scarring has occurred) is very important.
 
The main treatment for pulmonary fibrosis is medication, such as prednisone, to reduce inflammation. Many healthcare providers also add a drug to suppress the body's immune system. These treatments can prevent further scarring and increase survival time in some people, but they don't work for everyone.
 
Healthcare providers may also recommend oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitations, and/or lung transplantation.
 
(Click Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment to learn more about how this condition is treated.)
 

Prognosis for Pulmonary Fibrosis

There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, and its effects vary from person to person. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff, while in others, the process is much slower. For some people, the condition stays the same for years.
 
Many people live only about two to five years after the diagnosis. The most common cause of death related to pulmonary fibrosis is respiratory failure. Other causes include:
 
(Click Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis to learn more.)
 

Pulmonary Fibrosis Information

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