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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

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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What are pulmonary fibrosis chances at the age of 19?

Next to unheard of: Extremely unlikely.

Discuss with a lung doc. Nothing to worry about fibrosis. However, there are many other lung diseases at that age, including lam or hx. ...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 chances of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 19?

Pretty Low...: Unless you have a genetic condition that can cause fibrosis, such as cystic fibrosis. Other than that, it is pretty rare for a 19 year old to get pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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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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What can I do to prevent pulmonary fibrosis?

NO SMOKING: Avoiding tobacco, avoiding toxic lung injury exposures including certain occupations. Also regular exercise and diet. Unfortunately the most common cause of pulmonary fibrosis is idiopathic or familial about which you can do very little. ...Read more

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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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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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What are myelodysplasia and pulmonary fibrosis?

Myelodysplasia...: And myelofibrosis are both diseases of the bone marrow that impair normal red and white blood cell production. Like the leukemias they occur as a result of mutations in bone marrow stem cells that occur during your lifetime. Despite a similar sounding name, pulmonary fibrosis is an unrelated disease resulting in scarred lung tissue and impaired breathing function. ...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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What is pulmonary fibrosis? Is there a cure for it?

Depends on the kind: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term. Treatment depends on the kind. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) has a poor prognosis. Pirfenidone is the only drug approved for ipf in most of the world except the us. ...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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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 hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Generally no.: The cause of pulmonary fibrosis is not known, but hamsters haven't been associated with it. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can be caused by pet birds and lead to pulmonary fibrosis in rare cases. ...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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Are pulmonary fibrosis and fibromyalgia at all related?

No: Both are different disease or conditions. Rarely may occur together. Generally not together in one person. ...Read more

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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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What are the effects of pulmonary fibrosis on the lungs?

Lung Stiffness: Fibrosis or "scaring" of the lungs causes the lungs to be very stiff. Thus, it becomes difficult for the patient to be able to take deep breaths. Over time, the fibrosis continues to advance causing the patient more dyspnea and need for oxygen. ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

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