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Based on clinical studies, a person's average life expectancy with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is thought to range between two and four years after diagnosis. However, researchers have shown that certain factors (such as being female and under age 50) may lead to a longer survival rate. It is important to keep in mind, however, that a prognosis for life expectancy with IPF is only a prediction.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis: An OverviewIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease, meaning that it does not improve on its own or with treatment. However, how it progresses among individuals is quite varied. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff, while in others, the process is much slower. In others, the condition stays the same for years.
- A younger age (less than 50 years old)
- Symptoms that began less than one year before diagnosis (see Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms)
- Minimal shortness of breath at diagnosis
- Less lung damage based on the high-resolution CT (HRCT) at the time of diagnosis
- A positive response to treatment after three to six months (see Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment)
- A history of "current" cigarette smoking at the time of diagnosis (this finding remains unexplained).