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How quickly does interstitial lung disease progress?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Variable

One of the curious things about interstitial lung disease is its variability.
In the worst cases the fibrosis can progress over just a few months. For most people it progresses over several years. In some cases it is quiet for long periods of time with intermittent worsening episodes that cause progression. While no current treatment slows the disease, much research is being done.

In brief: Variable

One of the curious things about interstitial lung disease is its variability.
In the worst cases the fibrosis can progress over just a few months. For most people it progresses over several years. In some cases it is quiet for long periods of time with intermittent worsening episodes that cause progression. While no current treatment slows the disease, much research is being done.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Difficult to predict

Ild progression is difficult to predict, response to treatment also may vary from individual to individual.

In brief: Difficult to predict

Ild progression is difficult to predict, response to treatment also may vary from individual to individual.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Robert Wright
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Depends

There are roughly 200 different causes of interstitial lung disease.
Ipf is the most common and unfortunately has a guarded prognosis. Some studies suggest 50% of patients die within 3 years. However, prognosis and survival varies considerably. Some forms of disease have an excellent survival.

In brief: Depends

There are roughly 200 different causes of interstitial lung disease.
Ipf is the most common and unfortunately has a guarded prognosis. Some studies suggest 50% of patients die within 3 years. However, prognosis and survival varies considerably. Some forms of disease have an excellent survival.
Dr. Robert Wright
Dr. Robert Wright
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