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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Scarring: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) is a progressive, unrelenting scarring of the lungs. This results in low oxygen levels, respiratory failure and e ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: At this time there is no effective treatment. N-acetyl-cysteine is being studied as is perfenidone, but the results to date have been disappointing an ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
CT or biopsy: The "gold standard" test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung biopsy, usually via lung surgery. But, nowadays, ct scan has gotten very good at ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Shortness of breath: Slowly progressive shortness of breath, chest discomfort, cough with exercise, declining exercise capacity. At advanced stages weight loss leg swellin ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Some forms are: A few rare forms of ipf have been identified and defective genes identified, but this is not the case for th majority of ipf sufferers. There may be ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Scarring...: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means that there is scarring of the lungs and the underlying reason for the scarring is not known. It is typically a slo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: The estimated incidence is between 14.6 and 42.7 cases per 100, 000 using a broad definition. So, not a common disease, but not so rare that it isn't ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Shortness of Breath: At the end of life pulmonary fibrosis patients mainly develope severe shortness of breath/dyspnea. This results in very high oxygen needs and very li ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not yet: Unfortunately, no effective treatment for ipf is known. Currently, using n-acetyl- cysteine and possibly an experimental drug called perfenidone may b ... Read More
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