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Pulmonary Fibrosis

How long do you live?

11/06/2007

Question:

I WAS DIAGNOSED 3 YEARS AGO AND I WANT TO KNOW LIFE EXSPECTANCY

Answer:

The life expectancy of interstitial lung disease depends on the specific diagnosis. Without knowing what diagnosis you have, it is not possible to give a firm answer. It can vary from 3-5 years for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to a fairly normal life expectancy for diseases such as desquamative interstitial pneumonitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and sarcoidosis. The first step in determine average life expectancy is to have a confident diagnosis. This is based on the clinical, radiographic, and pathologic analysis of a patient's condition.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University