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Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes, very common: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term which is sometimes used by mistake for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). I see numerous patients who are told they have pulmonary fibrosis who have normal lungs. ...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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I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

Treatment...: Both COPD and pulmonary fibrosis can be diagnosed by the doctors via the tests that you describe. So, the diagnosis is likely correct and is unlikely to change by having these tests repeated in the us. The etiology of the pulmonary fibrosis should be sought, if possible, so it can be treated before more scarring occurs, if possible. COPD treatment, including smoking cessation, is also needed. ...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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How does pulmonary fibrosis affect a person?

How does pulmonary fibrosis affect a person?

Difficulty breathing: It can lead to restrictive lung pattern with progressive worsening of dyspnea with pulmonary hypertension and secondary right sided heart failure. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of Breath: Mainly, patients with pulmonary fibrosis have shortness of breath. Some can get low oxygen levels. Others can also have an unrelenting cough. The thing is, however, this greatly depends on how severe the pulmonary fibrosis (or scarring) is.

If you have only mild scarring, you can have no symptoms at all. The best way to find out how much it has affected you is to do a lung function test. ...Read more

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What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Could be slowly progressive. Cough, short of breath, dyspnea to effort among the common ones. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis come and go randomly?

Can symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis come and go randomly?

Of course: Symptoms can always get better and worse.
Symptoms will vary depending on multiple factors. It does not mean the pulmonary fibrosis is getting better or worse, but how the other organs in your body react to the situations of the day. ...Read more

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What is the longest someone lives with pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends : It really depends on how much fibrosis there is present and what the underlying cause of the pulmonary fibrosis is. ...Read more

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What types of medicines are used to treat pulmonary fibrosis?

No effective Rx: There are no effective treatments for pulmonary fibrosis although Prednisone (steroids) are often used. Multiple other medications have been used, but none has been proven to affect this condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends....: There are many types of "pulmonary fibrosis". They all typically involve scarring of the lung tissue. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm suffering from pulmonary fibrosis ?

Pulmonary fibrosis: All depends on severity of the illness and etiologies. Healthy lifestyle with exercise. Need to monitor disease for progression. Important is to seek expert opinion and follow up. ...Read more

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I think i may have pulmonary fibrosis and i'm only 19, can you help me?

I think i may have pulmonary fibrosis and i'm only 19, can you help me?

Go get evaluation: Yes, it can happen due to some causes. It should be obvious is some imaging procedures. Since it can and usually is progressive, it has to be treated or remedied. Go to your doctor for evaluation or referral as necessary. ...Read more

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What's the youngest age a person can have pulmonary fibrosis (18y?, 25y?, etc...)?

Any: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disase that can diagnosed at birth. Many children are diagnosed before age 1 or when they are born. The disease can also be diagnosed much later in life as well (usually milder forms). ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Could having hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Some people can develope a sensitivity to their pets. This can lead to a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Untreated this can lead to pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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What is interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and how can it be treated?

Depends on the Dx: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term. "idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf)" on the other hand is a specific diagnosis with no known good treatment. ...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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Can liver problems cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Can liver problems cause pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Cirrhosis is associated with two other lung disorders which can cause similar symptoms to pulmonary fibrosis. These are called hepatopulmonary syndrome and portopulmonary hypertension. These only occur if cirrhosis is present. If it goes on long enough without treatment, portopulmonary hypertension can cause permanent injury to the lung. ...Read more

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Will pulmonary fibrosis show on X-ray and pft?

Will pulmonary  fibrosis show on X-ray and pft?

Pulmonary fibrosis : It depends on the severity, but yes it should be visible on xray as well as be detected with pfts. The correct way to diagnose it would be to have high resolution lung ct scans and lung biopsies with a pathologist giving the diagnosis. There are many ways to acquire pf as well as genetic mutations that can cause it. Most cases have no known source. Your reflux may also worsen the condition. ...Read more

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Can spiriva be taken to treat pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Spiriva is helpful for patients with history of copd. If you have pulmonary fibrosis and copd, there may be a role for spiriva, but not for only pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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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 pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

No: Generally speaking pulmonary fibrosis is not the result of viral pneumonia. Sometimes viral pneumonia can cause some scarring of the lungs that may resemble some forms of pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of pulmonary fibrosis called cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis that sometimes may be the result of lung infections including viral pneumonia. ...Read more

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