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Dr. David Hotchkin
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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (Overview)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition of scarring of the lungs with no known cause resulting in worsening cough and shortness of breath.


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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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Hotchkin
168 doctors shared insights

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (Overview)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition of scarring of the lungs with no known cause resulting in worsening cough and shortness of breath.


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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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Kindly guide me how to handle idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosed in my mom. She is suffering from dry cough now, and feels fatigued while walk .

Help is available: The coalition for pulmonary fibrosis can provide guidance, education and support for families and patients dealing with pulmonary fibrosis. There website is: http://www.Coalitionforpf.Org/ this is a challenging diagnosis--you are not alone. ...Read more

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What are the tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

CT or biopsy: The "gold standard" test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung biopsy, usually via lung surgery. But, nowadays, ct scan has gotten very good at diagnosing ipf, and sometimes this is enough. But, usually, lung biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

24hr a day: If you need oxygen, your doctor will let you know, usually round the clock. Best is to get a device that measures oxygen level called oximeter, and keep oxygen saturation above 88%. ...Read more

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What does it mean when idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found?

What does it mean when idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found?

Scarring...: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means that there is scarring of the lungs and the underlying reason for the scarring is not known. It is typically a slowly progressive disease, typically over years. At the final stages, consideration of a lung transplant can be made so avoid smoking to insure that you would be a candidate, if it progresses to that stage. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to suppress/treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Not yet: Unfortunately, no effective treatment for ipf is known. Currently, using n-acetyl- cysteine and possibly an experimental drug called perfenidone may be of benefit; they are not cures or even effective at reversing or arresting progression of disease. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis be treated?

Can idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis be treated?

Pirfenidone: Not approve in the us, yet approved in europe and japan but not very powerful, unfortunately. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

No good treatemtns: Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a drug called mucomyst, (acetylcysteine) but the studies done have not shown significant efficacy. Treatment is mainly supportive. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


Dr. Aaron Milstone
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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