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Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Yes: Unfortunately idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease. The two year mean (average) survival is only 50 percent (similar to some cancers) and treatment options are limited. The only definitive cure is lung transplant. ...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 is pulmonary fibrosis? Is it often fatal or just chronic?

Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's pulmonary fibrosis and is it often fatal or is it just chronic?

Can any doc tell me what's pulmonary fibrosis and is it often fatal or is it just chronic?

Scar tissue in lungs: Many things can cause scar in the lung.Pulmonary fibrosis(ild) is a progressive disease. Need to r/o cause that are treatable. Some cases require a lung transplant. Need to be diagnosis by pulmonary md and some cases require lung biopsy. Need lung test(pft) and ct of chest.Symptoms are progressive shortness of breath typically. Other diagnosis must be excluded. Follow up with your md. ...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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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 is the cause of pulmonary fibrosis?

SILICA,ASBESTOS,BIRD: Fibrosis in the lungs has many causes 1inhalation of silica dust, asbestos, grain dust, bird and animal droppings 2 radiation therapy for breast cancer 3medications like chemotherapeutic drugs and amiodarone, methotrexate, nitrofurantoin 4 secondary effect of other diseases likeinterstitial lung disease 5 idiopathic when no cause can be found 6 sarcoidosis and wegnors granulomata 7 connective tissue di. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the tests for pulmonary fibrosis?

Several: A high resolution ct scan of the thorax can give valuable information. Blood tests looking for underlying autoimmune diseases are usually done. Many times a lung biopsy may be required for accurate diagnosis. ...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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Respiratory (Definition)

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