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50% Lung Scarring Prognosis

01/13/2011

Question:

If someone is diagnosed with scarring of the lungs that leaves the lungs at 50% functional, and this scarring is caused by a previous infection, like PCP pneumonia, what is that person`s life expectancy ?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness.  Pulmonary fibrosis can be widely variable in its behavior depending upon the pathology and other factors.  The patient should inquire with his/her physician regarding the specifics of their particular disease, if they can be known. 

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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