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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Pulmonary Fibrosis

08/24/2010

Question:

My mother was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis eight months ago. Three or four months ago she needed oxygen every other day in the last 3 weeks she has become completly dependant on oxygen. she cannot dress, walk even eating is difficult. How did it`s progression speed up all of a sudden ????? Mom had a clot to her lung in 1977 which left scarring, She was diagnosed with Emphysema about 14 years ago and during her biopsy a benign tumor was discovered. The tumor is on the end of her lung, sitting on top of her kidney. is my Mom a candidate for transplant and is transplant possible with the other lung issues or has the disease progressed to the end stage already, if so how will the quality of her life be and what expectancy does she have at this point?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about lung diseases but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. Certain types of pulmonary fibrosis can progress very quickly while others move more slowly.

Your mother's longstanding emphysema could further complicate her condition. Transplant is an option for very few patients who fulfill precise medical requirements and requires extensive evaluation at a transplant center. A physician who is familiar with your mother’s history, physical exam and test results can only answer your questions properly. It may be helpful to ask your mother's physicians to sit down with you and your mother to answer your questions in a way that you both are able to understand. We wish you both the best of luck.

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Response by:

Amy L Pope-Harman, MD Amy L Pope-Harman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University