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Prognosis

There is no cure for IPF, and its effects vary from person to person. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff, while in others, the process is much slower. For some people, the condition stays the same for years.
 
Many people live only about two to four years after the diagnosis. The most common cause of death related to IPF is respiratory failure. Other causes include:
 
(Click Prognosis and Life Expectancy With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis to learn more.)
 

Other Names for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Other names for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis include:
 
  • Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis
  • Idiopathic diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis of unknown cause
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Usual interstitial pneumonitis
  • Diffuse fibrosing alveolitis.
     
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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