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Doctor insights on: Is Intersitial Lung Disease The Same Thing As Pulmonary Fibrosis

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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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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 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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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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Can interstitial lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis and those like pulmonary fib. Be ruled out pretty good with pulse ox, CT of lungs, and chest xra?

Can interstitial lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis and those like pulmonary fib. Be ruled out pretty good with pulse ox, CT of lungs, and chest xra?

No: The above tests are not sensitive enough. Pulmonary function tests and a high resolution ct scan of the lungs are more sensitive. If they are normal, then interstitial lung disease can be essentially ruled out. ...Read more

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What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

What is best  to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends: The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists. A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily : Feeling heavy can be a result of any of multiple conditions. It warrants further attention to the cardiopulmonary system, but pulmonary fibrosis is not necessarily the answer. ...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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I have blisters on my lungs with pulmonary fibrosis would a vats help?

I have blisters on my lungs with pulmonary fibrosis would a vats help?

No: Vats with lung volume reduction is only indicated for COPD with emphysematous changes. Fibrosis doesn't respond the same way to this treatment and would in fact be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Concerning my Father whom has pulmonary Fibrosis and only has 39% lung capacity left.

Concerning my Father whom has pulmonary Fibrosis and only has 39% lung capacity left.

Concern: There is certainly reason for concern if your dad has pulmonary fibrosis and compromised lung capacity. Hopefully your dad has a pulmonary physician to participate in his medical care. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary fibrosis from smoking I've smoked since age 11, are there any psychotropic meds that can benefit the lungs?

Not to my knowledge: To my knowledge, psychotropic medications (for depression, bipolar mania, etc.) have no effect on lung function. They are designed to affect the nerve cells / in the central nervous system, & can have neurologic side effects that then affect other parts of the body (dry mouth, etc). There may be individual drugs with adverse lung effects, but nothing benefits. I feel for you: IPF is a tough diseas ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray ? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray ? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

Loose Term: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term used for numerous interstitial lung diseases. Most often though, it is used for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). X-ray will not be a good modality to evaluate ipf. A ct chest will be helpful. ...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


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Lung Diseases (Definition)

That is a very broad question as there are 100's of things that ...Read more