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My husband is 83 and has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis - now weak, losing weight, on ox, coughs sputum. The prognosis is vague. Can you help?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Discuss with your MD

For specific prognosis should discuss with your doctor. In general pulmonary fibrosis is is progressive and slowly get worse.
Unfortunately there is no cure and not even very good specific treatments, but there are trials of new drugs that some patients may be eligible for. There is still a role to treat complications like infection/ pneumonia to feel better. Talk to your md for help.

In brief: Discuss with your MD

For specific prognosis should discuss with your doctor. In general pulmonary fibrosis is is progressive and slowly get worse.
Unfortunately there is no cure and not even very good specific treatments, but there are trials of new drugs that some patients may be eligible for. There is still a role to treat complications like infection/ pneumonia to feel better. Talk to your md for help.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Difficult

There is no known effective treatment for pulmonary fibrosis, unfortunately.
Your husband can be kept comfortable with medicines that eliminate the sensation of shortness of breath, but they don't improve lung performance. It sounds like he's nearing the last stages of this dreaded disease.

In brief: Difficult

There is no known effective treatment for pulmonary fibrosis, unfortunately.
Your husband can be kept comfortable with medicines that eliminate the sensation of shortness of breath, but they don't improve lung performance. It sounds like he's nearing the last stages of this dreaded disease.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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