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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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Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

No: Two completely different diseases. CF is an inherited disorder leading to failure to clear mucus and repeated infections. It does end up with fibrosis in the lungs. Idiopathic fibrosis is a disease of unknown cause where scar tissue replaces normal lung and eventually causes respiratory failure. ...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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Does a lung transplant cure pulmonary fibrosis?

Does a lung transplant cure pulmonary fibrosis?

Indirectly: It doesn't cure the disease, but replaces one damaged lung for a functioning one. The fibrosis doesn't return to the new lung. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis terminal?

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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Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Cystic fibrosis: involves large amounts of mucus in the airways. Therefore it is difficult for air to flow due to mucus obstructing airways. Pulmonary fibrosis involves diffuse scar tissue in the lung parenchyma, making it difficult to expand (Restrictive). ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Some are: Some families have multiple members who develop pulmonary fibrosis although sporadic cases are more common. The exact genetic inheritance is unknown. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

No: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease causing abnormal functioning of the mucus glands in the lung and leading to recurrent infections. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease of progressive scarring causing loss of alveolar units that can have a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: This is one of the theories, that persistent reflux causes damage to sensitive predispose area & cause scar & tissue destruction called fibrosispulmonary fibrosis. ...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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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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Tell me about interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Tell me about interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Same: Ipf is one form of ild. It refers to disorders of the interstitium of he lung vs. Diseases that effect the bronchi, or alveolar spaces. ...Read more

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What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

None unfortunately: So far there is no effective treatment or cure for interstitial lung disease. In some cases where it is due to hypersensitivity to some inhaled antigen, steroid treatment may help, but otherwise there is no treatment of benefit. ...Read more

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Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

No: It is a progressive disease with no known effective treatment to reverse the process. ...Read more

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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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How are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema different?

How are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema different?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

The list goes on : There are a whole variety of illnesses that can mimic CF from chronic cough , asthma , to immunodeficiency, broncho pulmonary dysphasia celiac disease , Alpha 1-anti trypsin deficiency. ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

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