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what are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

A 21-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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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Shortness of breath: Progressive shortness of breath and inability to sustain normal o2 levels are common end of life symptoms. Sometimes the right side of the heart fails ... Read More
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A 30-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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
24hr a day: If you need oxygen, your doctor will let you know, usually round the clock. Best is to get a device that measures oxygen level called oximeter, and ke ... Read More
Dr. George Ciechanowski
39 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Exercise: With exercise the need for o2 is greater than with rest for most patients.
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Oximetry: The need for oxygen should be driven by your symptoms and careful correlation with pulse oximetry or a blood gas measurement.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Discuss with Doctor: Strangers on the internet cannot possibly give you any valid answer to this important and painful question. The team caring for your mother will have ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Depends: This really depends on your oxygen level based on a pulse oximeter. A pulse oximeter is a light based device that measures the amount of oxygen conte ... Read More
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A 21-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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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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 44-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 39-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 38-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

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