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Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can occur when a doctor calls an old scar pulmonary fibrosis. In these cases, there should be no further progression of the scarring. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is it true that the disease won't spread to the other lung if only one part has pulmonary fibrosis?

Is it true that the disease won't spread to the other lung if only one part has pulmonary fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis: This is not true, pulmonary fibrosis can effect parts of either or both lungs and does not have to follow any particular pattern in time or region of the lungs. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked). Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked).  Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

Not safe: I would advise you not to put any such chemical into your lungs. I do not know of any good medical/scientifically valid data that supports such a use for dmso. You could actually make matters worse by putting any foreign body/chemicals into your lung. So play it safe. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Yes...: Pulmonary fibrosis does cause lung scarring. This can be minimized with treatment including treatment aimed at the underlying cause, if possible. ...Read more

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Can LPR reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or any lung problem?

Can LPR reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or any lung problem?

Aspirating a lot?: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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What cab be done for interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

What cab be done for  interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Not much: Ild/pulm fibrosis is a progressive destruction of lung architecture resulting in progressive shortness of breath. All therapy tried to date has not provided much improvement. Oxygen and exercise while awaiting lung transplant is a current management option. The mortality of ipf is on the order of less than 5 yr after dx. ...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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Respiratory (Definition)

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