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what are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
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 limited exercise capacity. Many patients become chair bound or bed bound toward the end of pulmonary fibrosis. The national life expectancy for patients diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis is 50% at 2 years (after diagnosis).
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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 causing lots of leg swelling and fatigue.

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