What is life expectancy for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis?

Variable. Some people can live many years with pulmoanry fibrosis in a state of relative quiet. On the other extreme are people who have a rapid downhill course and die in weeks to months. Most people live for several years after diagnosis, but acute worsening can occur at any time.
Data. Data shows that the average life span of a patient diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis is a 50% survival at 2 years; this is equivalent to most cancers. The disease is not curable at this time.

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Life expectancy after pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed?

Varible. Survival for hamman -rich fibrosis is < 6 mo. Age at onset of disease is a factor . Older pts progress more slowly. A lung biopsy is crucial in younger pts as it can prove prognostic info.Also if nsip is found this portends a good survival. Read more...
Depends on the kind . Prognosis depends on the kind of pulmonary fibrosis. In case of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf), the average survival after diagnosis is 3-5 yrs. Read more...

What is "end stage" of pulmonary fibrosis?

Advance lung damage. End stage pulmonary fibrosis is a common term that we use when we do not feel that our medications can reverse or improve the lung damage caused by the lung fibrosis. At that point, we consider the patient for lung transplantation. Read more...
Respiratory failure. In end stage interstitial lung disease the lungs can no longer support the physiologic process of life. Death from respiratory failure is the consequence. Read more...

Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

It could. Would refer you to our specialists at healthtaps or outside pulmonologist for correct answer and further information. Again my practice is limited to surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and chronic illnesses as a secondary support management of complementary medicine. Read more...
Yes... Pulmonary fibrosis refers to scarring of the lungs and it can be caused by many different disorders, some of which affect older patients. Read more...
Yes. Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. Read more...
Yes. See your physician & get checked out. A chest ct will show if you have signs of pf. Read more...

What are some ways to relieve pain from pulmonary fibrosis?

NSAIDs or narcotics. Pulmonary fibrosis by itself usually does not hurt. There are no pain receptors in the lungs. What may hurt is your pleura or ribcage, which are well supplied with pain receptors. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as Ibuprofen may help as well as narcotics which usually also dull the sensation of shortness of breath which may accompany pulmonary fibrosis. Hope this helps! Read more...