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What is the expected life span of someone with pulmonary fibrosis ?

By September 2, 2013 - 4:06am
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When diagnosed at age 79 (male)

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Daisy thank you for the reply ! Well my Dad was diagnosed when he was 79 and now he is 83. What factors play when considering lung transplant , age?
He is very active daily and only has to use oxygen when at altitudes above 3000 feet.

September 2, 2013 - 8:00am
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Anonymous (reply to reckell2013)

Hi reckell2013,

It would be best to speak to a specialist (Pulmonologist) and he can better advise, as to which treatment would be best for your dad.

Best of luck and keep of posted


September 3, 2013 - 4:33am
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Hi reckell2013,


Welcome to EmpowHER.  The treatment options for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are very limited. There is no evidence that any medications can help this condition, since scarring is permanent once it has developed. Lung transplantation is the only therapeutic option available. Since some types of lung fibrosis can respond to corticosteroids and/or other medications that suppress the body's immune system, these types of drugs are sometimes prescribed in an attempt to decrease the processes that lead to fibrosis.  The life span depends on the severity of symptoms and progression and on how well is your body responding to treatments.



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