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Can a lung transplant cure pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an incurable disease with no current cure.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease with a dismal prognosis. Eventually, the lungs become too scarred to function and the damage cannot be reversed. Because of this, a lung transplant can be a second chance for a patient, but the procedure is not without risks.

A lung transplant may improve your health and well-being, but it is major surgery. Also, complications may appear during and at any time after the surgery.

You should be evaluated by a lung transplant physician soon after your diagnosis to determine whether or not you can have this procedure. 

You will need to meet certain requirements to establish your eligibility for a lung transplant:

  • Have no other life-threatening illnesses
  • Be in a good physical condition
  • Be willing to accept the risks of surgery
  • Accept the post-transplant therapy

You should talk to your doctor to find out more about how and where to receive a lung transplant evaluation.

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