October 25 2011 Blood Proteins Predict Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Team Finds
ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2011) — A panel of blood proteins can predict which patients with the progressive lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are likely to live at least five years or to die within two years, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Centocor R&D.
The findings, published online last week in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, could help doctors determine those patients in imminent need of a lung transplant and those who can wait a while longer.
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