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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Can a Person Live Without a Ventilator?



My husband has pulmonary fibrosis. His right lung is gone. He has the size of a large baseball left in the left lung. Can he at some point come off the ventilator? He is at this time in a drug induced coma.


There are many factors that determine if a person who has pulmonary fibrosis and is on a ventilator can breathe on their own.  The answer to your question depends on information about your husband's individual health situation.  I would suggest that you discuss this with your health care provider to help answer this question for you.

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Response by:

Nitin Y Bhatt, MD Nitin Y Bhatt, MD
Clinical Assisstant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University