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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)

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


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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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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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What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

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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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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What may happen as pulmonary fibrosis progresses?

What may happen as pulmonary fibrosis progresses?

Breathlessness: Breathlessness (dyspnea) is the most common symptom. Usually oxygen transport becomes impaired requiring supplemental o2. The right side of the heart may fail causing leg swelling. ...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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Dr. William Singer
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Respiratory (Definition)

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