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Life expectancy after pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed?

Life expectancy after pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed?

Varible: Survival for hamman -rich fibrosis is < 6 mo. Age at onset of disease is a factor. Older pts progress more slowly. A lung biopsy is crucial in younger pts as it can prove prognostic info. Also if nsip is found this portends a good survival. ...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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What is life expectancy for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis?

What is life expectancy for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis?

Variable: Some people can live many years with pulmoanry fibrosis in a state of relative quiet. On the other extreme are people who have a rapid downhill course and die in weeks to months. Most people live for several years after diagnosis, but acute worsening can occur at any time. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an 80 year old woman diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis? She was diagnosed around a month ago and is now bed bound.

What is the life expectancy for an 80 year old woman diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis? She was diagnosed around a month ago and is now bed bound.

Prognosis: The combination of pulmonary fibrosis and being bed bound is not favorable. Exactly how that translates to life expectancy is unknown. The patient or her advocate should discuss her prognosis with her physician as the doctor will have the best answer for you. ...Read more

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What are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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. ...Read more

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Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Exercise is an important part of the management of pulmonary fibrosis. There are specific programs known as pulmonary rehab, that incorporate exercise and oxygen therapy to help maintain your lung function. ...Read more

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What is "end stage" of pulmonary fibrosis?

Advance lung damage: End stage pulmonary fibrosis is a common term that we use when we do not feel that our medications can reverse or improve the lung damage caused by the lung fibrosis. At that point, we consider the patient for lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Yes: Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve pain from pulmonary fibrosis?

NSAIDs or narcotics: Pulmonary fibrosis by itself usually does not hurt. There are no pain receptors in the lungs. What may hurt is your pleura or ribcage, which are well supplied with pain receptors. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as Ibuprofen may help as well as narcotics which usually also dull the sensation of shortness of breath which may accompany pulmonary fibrosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are there any foods I can eat to heal my pulmonary fibrosis?

It's chronic disease: Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic disease. It could be idiopatic, or as a result of other diseases like scleroderma, lupus....
No diet can heal your disease but if you have co2 retention than food low in carbohydrates will help with lowering of your carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes, very common: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term which is sometimes used by mistake for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). I see numerous patients who are told they have pulmonary fibrosis who have normal lungs. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Yes: Unfortunately idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease. The two year mean (average) survival is only 50 percent (similar to some cancers) and treatment options are limited. The only definitive cure is lung transplant. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Lung condition: Ipf is a dangerous condition where scar tissue replaces normal lung tissue choking off normal air units and causing breathlessness. It is a progressive disease with no effective treatment at present. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent pulmonary fibrosis?

NO SMOKING: Avoiding tobacco, avoiding toxic lung injury exposures including certain occupations. Also regular exercise and diet. Unfortunately the most common cause of pulmonary fibrosis is idiopathic or familial about which you can do very little. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis be treated?

Pirfenidone: Not approve in the us, yet

approved in europe and japan

but not very powerful, unfortunately. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis related to fibromyalgia?

Is pulmonary fibrosis related to fibromyalgia?

No: Pulmonary fibrosis leads to fibrosis of lungs. It can be from many causes. It leads to decrease in gaseous exchange and pt. May feel short of breath. Fibromyalgia is currently described as chronic pain, almost all over the body. Tender points are not used any more for diagnostic purposes. Fibromyalgia may be effected by mood changes, decreased sleep. They are totally different from each other. ...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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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

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. ...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 tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

CT or biopsy: The "gold standard" test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung biopsy, usually via lung surgery. But, nowadays, ct scan has gotten very good at diagnosing ipf, and sometimes this is enough. But, usually, lung biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

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. ...Read more

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Can hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Generally no.: The cause of pulmonary fibrosis is not known, but hamsters haven't been associated with it. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can be caused by pet birds and lead to pulmonary fibrosis in rare cases. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary fibrosis and fibromyalgia at all related?

No: Both are different disease or conditions. Rarely may occur together. Generally not together in one person. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Slowly progressive shortness of breath, chest discomfort, cough with exercise, declining exercise capacity. At advanced stages weight loss leg swelling frank chest pain simulating angina. ...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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Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Doctors have a saying, "if you are standing on a plain in colorado and you hear hoof beats, don't turn around expecting to see zebras." there are so many other conditions which are more common that I would suspect to cause a cough. Infections like colds and bronchitis when coughing for a week to a month. Asthma or chronic bronchitis when months to years. Others can be found with xrays etc. ...Read more

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