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Are there any effective treatments for interstitial lung disease?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: IPF treatment

Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study.
Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas.

In brief: IPF treatment

Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study.
Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: If the cause has tx

First we should try to find the cause with bronchoscopy and lung biopsy in case it may be treatable, otherwise only supportive or symptomatic treatment.

In brief: If the cause has tx

First we should try to find the cause with bronchoscopy and lung biopsy in case it may be treatable, otherwise only supportive or symptomatic treatment.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not yet

Treatment of interstitial lung disease has been disappointing because nothing has really improved survival.
Currently, research is evaluating Prednisone (a steroid), and n-acetyl-cyteine to see if they're helpful. Also a drug called perfenidone is in clinical trials and seems promising.

In brief: Not yet

Treatment of interstitial lung disease has been disappointing because nothing has really improved survival.
Currently, research is evaluating Prednisone (a steroid), and n-acetyl-cyteine to see if they're helpful. Also a drug called perfenidone is in clinical trials and seems promising.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bronchoscopy

A bronchoscopy with biopsies should be performed to get a real diagnosis.
That is what I do for a living.

In brief: Bronchoscopy

A bronchoscopy with biopsies should be performed to get a real diagnosis.
That is what I do for a living.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Interstitial lung disease are a group of many different types of lung disease.
Some are treatable. Often immune suppresent such as steriods are used. Other times triggering agents can be removed. It is important to find out what type of interstitial lung disease you have.

In brief: Yes

Interstitial lung disease are a group of many different types of lung disease.
Some are treatable. Often immune suppresent such as steriods are used. Other times triggering agents can be removed. It is important to find out what type of interstitial lung disease you have.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: ILD

Unfortunately, there are no known treatments for ild.
There are multiple clinical trials on going, and perhaps going to the nih website, you can find a center who participates in one of the trials near you.

In brief: ILD

Unfortunately, there are no known treatments for ild.
There are multiple clinical trials on going, and perhaps going to the nih website, you can find a center who participates in one of the trials near you.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Dr. Fernando Torres
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