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What is the best way to deal with a patient with interstitial lung disease?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Depends on the cause

Interstitial lung disease is not one problem, it's many problems with numerous causes.
When you know the cause the best thing to do is treat the underlying cause, but when the cause is unknown it's referred to as "idiopathic". Idiopathic interstitial lung diseases are often incurable, and in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has no treatment. Many are referred for lung transplantation.

In brief: Depends on the cause

Interstitial lung disease is not one problem, it's many problems with numerous causes.
When you know the cause the best thing to do is treat the underlying cause, but when the cause is unknown it's referred to as "idiopathic". Idiopathic interstitial lung diseases are often incurable, and in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has no treatment. Many are referred for lung transplantation.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Recently there have been two drugs that were shown in separate trials to slow the progression of disease by some measures. These drugs are expensive, have side effects, are not cures, and are best prescribed by experienced specialists.
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