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Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Unfortunately idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease.
The two year mean (average) survival is only 50 percent (similar to some cancers) and treatment options are limited. The only definitive cure is lung transplant.

In brief: Yes

Unfortunately idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease.
The two year mean (average) survival is only 50 percent (similar to some cancers) and treatment options are limited. The only definitive cure is lung transplant.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pulmonary fibrosis

Fibrotic patterns on ct scans commonly take one of 3 different courses.
It can reverse with medications such as Prednisone (in disorders as nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis- nsip), it could not get better. But not worsen( as with a toxic exposure), or it could progressively worsen and most definitely be fatal. An example of a process such as this is usual interstitial pneumonia (uip).

In brief: Pulmonary fibrosis

Fibrotic patterns on ct scans commonly take one of 3 different courses.
It can reverse with medications such as Prednisone (in disorders as nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis- nsip), it could not get better. But not worsen( as with a toxic exposure), or it could progressively worsen and most definitely be fatal. An example of a process such as this is usual interstitial pneumonia (uip).
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Yes

Although pulmonary fibrosis can progress at variable rates it can be a fatal illness and in fact only 30% of patients are still alive 5 years from diagnosis, although new treatments are being actively pursued.

In brief: Yes

Although pulmonary fibrosis can progress at variable rates it can be a fatal illness and in fact only 30% of patients are still alive 5 years from diagnosis, although new treatments are being actively pursued.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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