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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of pulmonary fibrosis on the lungs?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Pulmonary fibrosis : Results in scarring of lung tissue and manifests as shortness of breath.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Lung Stiffness: Fibrosis or "scaring" of the lungs causes the lungs to be very stiff. Thus, it becomes difficult for the patient to be able to take deep breaths. Over time, the fibrosis continues to advance causing the patient more dyspnea and need for oxygen.

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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 23-year-old member asked:

Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Not necessarily : Feeling heavy can be a result of any of multiple conditions. It warrants further attention to the cardiopulmonary system, but pulmonary fibrosis is not necessarily the answer.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive scarring disease.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the medications for pulmonary fibrosis and what are the side effects?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Steroids,immunosupre: The drugs which are used are steroids like Prednisone in high doses, sometimes immunosupresants , responce to treatment is variable and patients requre continuosly oxygen and may need lung transplantation if nothing else works.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is black lung the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Waldo Acebo
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: Black lung disease also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis is one the causes of pulmonary fibrosis.

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