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My doctor diagnosed me with pulmonary fibrosis. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Which kind?

The treatment depends on the tissue diagnosis for this disease - if it is ipf there is no current treatment outside of a clinical trial (n-acetyl cysteine was found to be harmful).
For other subtypes there are treatments available that have been demonstrated to be effective (except for asbestos or silca induced lung disease).

In brief: Which kind?

The treatment depends on the tissue diagnosis for this disease - if it is ipf there is no current treatment outside of a clinical trial (n-acetyl cysteine was found to be harmful).
For other subtypes there are treatments available that have been demonstrated to be effective (except for asbestos or silca induced lung disease).
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Actually NAC was not found to be harmful and is still in clinical trials. Perfenidone is udergoing trials and seems to hold the most promise.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Controversial

There is no one definite treatment.
One option is a combination of medicines to try to prevent inflammation and scar tissue build up. This is usually a steroid medicine, an immune suppressant called immuran and another agent called n-acetyl cysteine. Since this is not proven to work some patients may enroll in clinical studies and get experimental therapy. Still others may simply be monitored.

In brief: Controversial

There is no one definite treatment.
One option is a combination of medicines to try to prevent inflammation and scar tissue build up. This is usually a steroid medicine, an immune suppressant called immuran and another agent called n-acetyl cysteine. Since this is not proven to work some patients may enroll in clinical studies and get experimental therapy. Still others may simply be monitored.
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