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What is pulmonary fibrosis?

Scar tissue

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The short version is scar tissue caused by inflammation in the lung. There are many different causes and subtypes though making it pretty complicated.
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Is Pulmonary Fibrosis genetic?

Some are

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

What is pulmonary fibrosis like?

Scarring

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idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory process affecting lung parenchyma and resulting in loss of lung storage and resulting in low diffusin capacity and restrictive lung disease. cardiovascular effect inckude pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale. the disease is slowly progressive and unresponsive to all current therapy. lifespan can be in months(hamman-rich) to a few years.
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Dr. Craig A. Brown answered:

Is pulmonary fibrosis inherited?

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while I have not seen it commonly there are some families with a history of pulmonary fibrosis. Most of my office patients and previous fibrosis patients I have come across are the only ones in their family with fibrosis. I have one patient in my practice with several family members with progressive and ultimately fatal fibrosis. She has been evaluated at Duke university with a genetic workup.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered:

Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Yes

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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
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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered:

Can pulmonary fibrosis be cured?

No and Yes

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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.
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Dr. Ron Jones answered:

Is pulmonary fibrosis contagious?

No

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Short answer, NO.
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How is Pulmonary Fibrosis treated?

Supportive care

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Supplemental oxygen, good nutrition and breathing exercises may be of benefit. There is currently no effective treatment to prevent worsening of most pulmonary fibrosis. N-acetyl cyteine supplements are currently being studied along with a medication called perfenidone to see if outcomes are different.
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Can gerd cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes

This is one of the theories, that persistent reflux causes damage to sensitive predispose area & cause scar & tissue destruction called fibrosisPulmonary fibrosis
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

What to expect in pulmonary fibrosis?

Slow progression...

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a slowly progressive disease. The patient gradually, usually over years, becomes increasingly short of breath and has increasing difficulty functioning. The patient has less oxygen in their blood over this time period and will eventually require supplemental oxygen. At end-stage, consideration for a lung transplant can be entertained, depending on many other factors.
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