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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Can pulmonary fibrosis be cured?

Can pulmonary fibrosis be cured?

No and Yes: At this time the only curative intervention for pulmonary fibrosis is lung transplantation. There are no medications that have been proven to cure the disease. Some medicines may help (such as steroids, n-acetylcysteine and pirfenidone) slow the disease however. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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What are symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

What are symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

Dyspnea: Shortness of breath is the primary symptom of ipf. Also dry cough, weight loss, inability to do activities you did several months ago. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pulmonary fibrosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the tests for pulmonary fibrosis?

Several: A high resolution ct scan of the thorax can give valuable information. Blood tests looking for underlying autoimmune diseases are usually done. Many times a lung biopsy may be required for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath with exertion is the most frequent symptom. Dry cough and ankle swelling may occur. Eventually breathlessness even at rest can occur. ...Read more

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What are pulmonary fibrosis chances at the age of 19?

Next to unheard of: Extremely unlikely.

Discuss with a lung doc. Nothing to worry about fibrosis. However, there are many other lung diseases at that age, including lam or hx. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are symptoms of "pulmonary fibrosis"?

Answered earlier: Early it causes desaturation with activity. Later it causes low oxygen tension in the blood, and later it causes co2 retention. So the symptoms will be air hunger and signs will be rapid breathing. At later stages there is cyanosis to nail beds, ear lobes and tip of the nose. Later as co2 accumulates there could be changes in mental status. If the o2 not corrected, it can cause heart attack. ...Read more

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What are the chances of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 19?

Pretty Low...: Unless you have a genetic condition that can cause fibrosis, such as cystic fibrosis. Other than that, it is pretty rare for a 19 year old to get pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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What are myelodysplasia and pulmonary fibrosis?

Myelodysplasia...: And myelofibrosis are both diseases of the bone marrow that impair normal red and white blood cell production. Like the leukemias they occur as a result of mutations in bone marrow stem cells that occur during your lifetime. Despite a similar sounding name, pulmonary fibrosis is an unrelated disease resulting in scarred lung tissue and impaired breathing function. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? Is there a cure for it?

Depends on the kind: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term. Treatment depends on the kind. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) has a poor prognosis. Pirfenidone is the only drug approved for ipf in most of the world except the us. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pulmonary fibrosis on the lungs?

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. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Some are: Some families have multiple members who develop pulmonary fibrosis although sporadic cases are more common. The exact genetic inheritance is unknown. ...Read more

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Can liver problems cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Can liver problems cause pulmonary fibrosis?

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. ...Read more

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Will pulmonary fibrosis show on X-ray and pft?

Will pulmonary fibrosis show on X-ray and pft?

Pulmonary fibrosis: It depends on the severity, but yes it should be visible on xray as well as be detected with pfts. The correct way to diagnose it would be to have high resolution lung ct scans and lung biopsies with a pathologist giving the diagnosis. There are many ways to acquire pf as well as genetic mutations that can cause it. Most cases have no known source. Your reflux may also worsen the condition. ...Read more

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Can spiriva be taken to treat pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Spiriva is helpful for patients with history of copd. If you have pulmonary fibrosis and copd, there may be a role for spiriva, but not for only pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

No: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease causing abnormal functioning of the mucus glands in the lung and leading to recurrent infections. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease of progressive scarring causing loss of alveolar units that can have a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

No: Generally speaking pulmonary fibrosis is not the result of viral pneumonia. Sometimes viral pneumonia can cause some scarring of the lungs that may resemble some forms of pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of pulmonary fibrosis called cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis that sometimes may be the result of lung infections including viral pneumonia. ...Read more

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How does one get pulmonary fibrosis? Is it genetic?

Unknown: At this time it is not known how pulmonary fibrosis occurs. It seems as if it is abnormal healing of the lungs resulting in an overgrowth of "scar tissue" from cells in the body known as fibroblasts. Approximately 1-2% of all fibrosis patients have familial pulmonary fibrosis (genetic cause) so it is rare to have other patients with the illness in your family. ...Read more

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Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Probably not...: Cheat pain is not a typical symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. See your doctor to evaluate any chest pain so that it can be treated and so cardiac etiologies can be ruled out. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for pulmonary fibrosis?

Unfortunately no: There are no effective treatments for pulmonary fibrosis although many have been tried. Currently, nac and perfenidone are in clinical trials to see if they may be helpful, but they are not cures. ...Read more

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When you have pulmonary fibrosis can it get to cancer?

Not usually: Pulmonary fibrosis has a number of subsets or types. They are usually diseases that cause shortness of breath and difficulty with air exchange. They are not, per se, a risk factor for getting a malignancy or cancer. ...Read more

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Could some kind of weather help with pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Weather does not make a difference for pulmonary fibrosis. Altitude does. In pulmonary fibrosis it is harder for oxygen to cross into the bloodstream. Higher altitudes have lower oxygen pressure compounding the problem. Ultimately, living at lower altitudes does not affect survival or the course of the disease. ...Read more

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Are there any homeopathic remedies for pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Numerous drugs and homeopath therapy have been tried in pulmonary fibrosis. No therapy to date has positively impacted survival from this disease. ...Read more

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Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Pneumoconiosis: There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent. ...Read more

Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more