A 40-year-old member asked:
sure, i've heard of pulmonary fibrosis. but now that my child may have it, i want to know what it really does to the body.?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Depietro answered
34 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Scarring of the lung: When scar tissue builds up in the lungs the lungs become still , breathing becomes difficult and the ability of the lungs to extract oxygen from the atmosphere with each breath is impaired.
Answered on Mar 31, 2012
Dr. William Walsh answered
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends: On the cause of the fibrosis; may processes causes lung scarring (fibrosis). Some are well understood (e.g. Asbestos) and others are under investigation but not yet clearly understood (ipf/uip or so called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). Each cause of fibrosis has a different outcome, and some have treatments while others do not (other than transplant).
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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