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Utility of nintedanib for severe idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a single-center retrospective study [Response to letter]

Authors Abe M, Tsushima K, Tatsumi K

Received 4 March 2019

Accepted for publication 4 March 2019

Published 14 May 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1687—1688

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S207537


Mitsuhiro Abe,1 Kenji Tsushima,1,2 Koichiro Tatsumi1

1Department of Respirology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chuo-ku, Chiba city, Chiba 260-8670, Japan; 2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, International University of Health and Welfare, School of Medicine, Narita city, Chiba 286-8686, Japan

In our study, we observed that even in Severe Group of patients with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), nintedanib administration suppressed the reduction in the forced vital capacity (FVC) (Figure 3).1 However, the frequency of side effects tended to be more (Table 2) and the prognosis was significantly worse in Severe Group than in Mild Group (Figure 5).

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