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What are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of Breath: Mainly, patients with pulmonary fibrosis have shortness of breath. Some can get low oxygen levels. Others can also have an unrelenting cough. The thing is, however, this greatly depends on how severe the pulmonary fibrosis (or scarring) is.

If you have only mild scarring, you can have no symptoms at all. The best way to find out how much it has affected you is to do a lung function test. ...Read more

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What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Could be slowly progressive. Cough, short of breath, dyspnea to effort among the common ones. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis come and go randomly?

Of course: Symptoms can always get better and worse.
Symptoms will vary depending on multiple factors. It does not mean the pulmonary fibrosis is getting better or worse, but how the other organs in your body react to the situations of the day. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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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Is pulmonary fibrosis caused by chemotherapy reversible once the chemotherapy has stopped?

Depends on the fibro: If chemotherapy has resulted in end-stage fibrosis then it is unlikely that the fibrosis can be reversed. There are various ild's that are labelled "pulmonary fibrosis" caused by chemotherapy that are reversible though. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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 is pulmonary fibrosis?

Scar tissue: The short version is scar tissue caused by inflammation in the lung. There are many different causes and subtypes though making it pretty complicated. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis?

See below: It's a spectrum of diseases that cause a scarring of the lung. There are many causes from not knowing what causes it, to medications, dust exposure, autoimmune diseases, etc. Some of the types of fibrosis are progressive, some aren't. Some respond to treatment and some do not. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis terminal?

Not good news: Pulmonary fibrosis means that the patient has developed abnormal tissue formation (fibrosis) that affects the thin membranes separating the air sacs from the blood vessels making it harder for oxygen to cross from air to the red bleed cells. This disease usually irreversible; it is critical to have an early diagnosis and be managed at an institution and by medical staff familiar with it. ...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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Is pulmonary fibrosis inherited?

Is pulmonary fibrosis inherited?

Pulmonary fibrosis: 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. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis like?

What is pulmonary fibrosis like?

Scarring: 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. ...Read more

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How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

Depends...: It really depends on the type. If you're talking about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, there's a new drug called pirfenidone. It slows the progression but it isn't curative. ...Read more

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