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Pulmonary Fibrosis

What is DIP in pulmonary fibrosis?

11/02/2007

Question:

My husband just had his byopsy done for his pulmonary fibrosis the doc did not explan it she said his was not uip or iup but dip,Is there any help other than steroids

Answer:

DIP (desquamative interstitial pneumonitis) is a type of interstitial lung disease which is usually due to cigarette smoking. On rare occasions, it can be seen in non-smokers. It usually responds nicely to smoking cessation, and steroids are often necessary to hasten recovery. Unlike other forms of interstitial lung disease, it has a good prognosis. Smoking cessation is mandatory, however.

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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