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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
SILICA,ASBESTOS,BIRD: Fibrosis in the lungs has many causes 1inhalation of silica dust, asbestos, grain dust, bird and animal droppings 2 radiation therapy for breast cancer 3medications like chemotherapeutic drugs and amiodarone, methotrexate, nitrofurantoin 4 secondary effect of other diseases likeinterstitial lung disease 5 idiopathic when no cause can be found 6 sarcoidosis and wegnors granulomata 7 connective tissue di.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Multiple: Exposures - occupational and other, autoimmune diseases, idiopathic, to name a few.
Dr. Tauseef Qureshi
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

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Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive scarring disease.
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A 50-year-old male asked:

Can pulmonary fibrosis cause heart trouble?

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Dr. Joshua Liberman
Cardiology 21 years experience
It can: Pulmonary fibrosis over time can cause high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) which can lead to strain and even dysfunction of the right side of the heart.
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A 67-year-old male asked:

Can liver problems cause pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 34 years experience
No: Cirrhosis is associated with two other lung disorders which can cause similar symptoms to pulmonary fibrosis. These are called hepatopulmonary syndrome and portopulmonary hypertension. These only occur if cirrhosis is present. If it goes on long enough without treatment, portopulmonary hypertension can cause permanent injury to the lung.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is pulmonary fibrosis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Beasley
Pulmonary Critical Care 15 years experience
Scar tissue: The short version is scar tissue caused by inflammation in the lung. There are many different causes and subtypes though making it pretty complicated.

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