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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Interstitial Lung Disease

05/10/2010

Question:

My wife is suffering from ILD for the past 7 years. All along she was living very close to normal life. Recently she has been put on Oxygen. She had pneumonia and her disease aggravated. Is there any hope for the ILD patients? Her doctor(s) keep telling us that the she is running out of time, is there anything we can do? Her ILD is a consequence of TB/ its treatment. Thanks and God Bless You.

Answer:

Interstitial lung disease due to previous tuberculosis is generally referred to as "post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis". Once the original lung insult (in this care TB) is eliminated, then the fibrosis usually stays stable over time.


However, other complications can occur such as bronchiectasis and infection (especially in the class of non-tubeculous mycobacteria). As with any cause of interstitial lung disease, it is important to exclude conditions that can mimic progression of the fibrosis including infection, pulmonary embolism (blood clots), lung cancer, and heart failure.

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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