What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with interstitial lung disease?

There is no cure for ILD. Once scarring happens in the lungs, it usually cannot be reversed. Treatment can help slow the disease down to preserve as much quality of life as possible.

The prognosis for patients depends on how severe the condition is, and the cause of the ILD. Many people with mild ILD can function normally throughout their lives without treatment. Their condition can be stable (doesn’t get worse).

For people with more severe cases of ILD, the disease can be progressive (gets worse over time). These people may need regular treatments and therapy for the rest of their lives to help manage their symptoms.

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