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What may happen as pulmonary fibrosis progresses?

What may happen as pulmonary fibrosis progresses?

Breathlessness: Breathlessness (dyspnea) is the most common symptom. Usually oxygen transport becomes impaired requiring supplemental o2. The right side of the heart may fail causing leg swelling. ...Read more

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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Pulmonary fibrosis is 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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Does pulmonary fibrosis get worse over time?

Yes: As the disease progreses air exchange is lessenend you would feel short of breath. In addition pressure at the pulmonary vasculature increases a commonly used agent is Revatio which is sildefanil (viagra) used for erectile dysfuction. . Decreses pulmonary vessel pressure. Avoidance of smoke and other inhaled irritants is paramount ! ...Read more

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis (Checklist)

Ensure proper weight gain
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Stay in a smoke-free environment
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Follow your doctor's recommendations
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Consider lung transplant
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Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

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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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

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis (Checklist)

Educate yourself using trusted sources: doctors, internet, library
monthly
Have your doctor coordinate care thru a designated CF Treatment Center
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Plan for frequent check-ups, usually every 3 months, sooner if problem
4x year
Talk with doctor about influenza & other vaccines needed
2x year
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If I can exercise less and less over the past few months does that mean I have pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily...: There are many possible explanations for less exercise tolerance. If you are experiencing this symptom, see your doctor for an evaluation. Exercise pulmonary testing can be done to diagnose this symptom. ...Read more

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How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

Supportive care: 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. ...Read more

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis (Checklist)

Keep a record of your lung function tests
3x year
Know your medication list
monthly
Keep a copy of your latest sputum culture
3x year
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How does pulmonary fibrosis affect a person?

Difficulty breathing: It can lead to restrictive lung pattern with progressive worsening of dyspnea with pulmonary hypertension and secondary right sided heart failure. ...Read more

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