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Lung Fibrosis

 

Pulmonary fibrosis means lung scarring. There are many causes of lung scarring including radiation, medications, and exposure to environmental dust, such as asbestos, molds or bird dander.  In addition, lung scarring is associated with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. When the cause of the scarring is not known and has a particular pattern, referred to as usual interstitial pneumonitis, the lung disease is classified as idiopathic, which means we do not know what is causing it. The Tulane Lung Center is well equipped to evaluate and manage patients with all causes of pulmonary fibrosis, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and you can make an appointment with our physicians by calling 504-988-5800.

As many as 30,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) each year. IPF has been a frustrating disease to treat for patients and their physicians. However, a wealth of basic research, including ongoing exploration at Tulane, regarding the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis has lead to several recent clinical trials for the treatment of IPF. Dr Lasky has taken some of his research from the bench to the bedside and is a member of an international panel of experts who recently wrote an evidenced-based consensus guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with IPF. We anticipate that the consensus manuscript will be published within the coming year and that it will be a tremendous resource for IPF patients and their physicians.

At present there are no FDA approved medications for the treatment of IPF. In view of this, our bias is for early lung transplant evaluation and for enrollment in clinical trails whenever possible.  Tulane is a member of the NIH-sponsored IPFnet. The IPFnet is a consortium of 22 medical centers across the United States that excel in the treatment of IPF. Under the guidance of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, these centers develop and conduct clinical trials that will hopefully identify better therapies for IPF, in both its early and advanced stages. Please click this link clinical trials to see what clinical IPF trials are currently enrolling patients at Tulane. For trial inquiries please email our nurse coordinator, Sandy Ditta, R.N. at sditta@tulane.edu

 

Useful links to websites that address IPF

What is IPF?

IPFnet-Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis



 

Tulane School of Medicine  504-988-3541 cestevez@tulane.edu