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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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