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does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis causes the inner latticework of the lungs to thicken. Given that this latticework supports oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and that exchange is dependent on the thinness of the transport membrane, pulmonary fibrosis makes the lungs work less efficiently, leading to shortness of breath.
Answered on Mar 3, 2016
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