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Treating scar tissue on the lungs

12/15/2008

Question:

What is the best way to treat scar tissue on the lung? What is it starts growing?

Answer:

There are many conditions that can cause scar in the lung. Most scars in the lung arise from previous injury or infection and no treatment is necessary. When the scar tissue is due to interstitial lung disease, treatment is directed toward the underlying interstitial disease. However, no matter what the cause, once scar develops in the lung, there is no way to make it go away and so our treatment (in interstitial lung disease) is really to prevent new scar from forming.

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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