Fast Five Quiz: Interstitial Nonidiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Management

Setu K. Patolia, MD, MPH


February 12, 2021

The main objectives of comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with non-IPF include increased independence and improved quality of life, as well as fewer hospitalizations or shorter hospitalization time. Coupled with exercise, a pulmonary rehabilitation program may improve a patient's functional status.

However, these activities generally do not slow disease progression. Pulmonary rehabilitation does not reverse airway obstruction or hyperinflation associated with COPD, but it does allow for reversal of muscle deconditioning, ultimately enabling patients to walk farther and with less dyspnea.

To date, there is no proven pharmacologic therapy for patients with non-IPF. The majority of nonpharmacologic management strategies apply to all patients across the spectrum of fibrotic ILD. Smoking cessation, antigen avoidance, protection from occupational exposures, and discontinuation of medications that can cause ILD are all advised.

Learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with DPLD.


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