Pulmonary fibrosis care at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic doctors collaborate and discuss care for people with pulmonary fibrosis.

Mayo Clinic doctors with a wide array of specialties collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. Doctors trained in lung conditions (pulmonary medicine), digestive conditions (gastroenterology), diseases affecting joints and connective tissue (rheumatology), lung transplant, chest surgery (thoracic surgery), laboratory medicine and pathology, and chest imaging (thoracic radiology) may be involved in your care.

This collaborative approach often allows doctors to evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan within a few days.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have access to several tests that may be used to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis, including pulmonary function testing, lung biopsies and imaging tests. Mayo doctors trained in many areas work together to evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic research and use novel therapies to treat pulmonary fibrosis and related conditions. Mayo Clinic doctors offer two newer medications to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, including pirfenidone and nintedanib. These medications may help slow the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Both medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Mayo doctors at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida may also use novel therapies to treat joint and connective tissue (rheumatologic) conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, that can affect the condition of the lungs and lead to pulmonary fibrosis or other lung diseases.

Mayo Clinic doctors may recommend a lung transplant for people with pulmonary fibrosis who may be candidates. Lung transplant is available at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Doctors in the Transplant Center have extensive experience in evaluating and treating people who may need lung transplants, and surgeons have experience performing lung transplant surgery.

Mayo Clinic also offers pulmonary rehabilitation programs for people with pulmonary fibrosis at each Mayo Clinic campus. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you manage your symptoms and improve your functioning in daily life.

Individualized approach

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A Mayo Clinic doctor discusses pulmonary fibrosis care with a person.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need. Doctors will discuss your condition with you and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.

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Expertise and rankings

Expertise and experience

Mayo Clinic doctors have experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with pulmonary fibrosis and many other lung diseases. Doctors at Mayo Clinic evaluate and treat more than 12,000 people each year with all forms of pulmonary fibrosis.

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Mayo Clinic doctors work together to provide care for people with pulmonary fibrosis.

Research and technology

Mayo pulmonary specialists conduct research in causes, diagnostic tests and treatment options for pulmonary fibrosis and participate in clinical trials. You might be eligible to participate in a trial of a new treatment, including clinical trials conducted at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo researchers at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida are using a novel tool called probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) to evaluate lung diseases and related disorders. In pCLE, doctors use a small, flexible tube (bronchoscope) that's passed through your mouth or nose into your lungs. A tiny wire probe with a microscope on the end is guided through the bronchoscope to your lungs.

The probe uses laser-based imaging to take moving images of your lungs in real time. Researchers at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida are studying the use of this test to look at live images of lung structure, including cells of the lungs, and to examine the lungs for any signs of tumors.

Research in imaging tests

Mayo Clinic researchers may use a novel tool called probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) to evaluate lung diseases and related disorders.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

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In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Sept. 23, 2016