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Life expectancy after pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed?

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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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 life expectancy for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis?

What is life expectancy for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis?

Variable: Some people can live many years with pulmoanry fibrosis in a state of relative quiet. On the other extreme are people who have a rapid downhill course and die in weeks to months. Most people live for several years after diagnosis, but acute worsening can occur at any time. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an 80 year old woman diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis? She was diagnosed around a month ago and is now bed bound.

Prognosis: The combination of pulmonary fibrosis and being bed bound is not favorable. Exactly how that translates to life expectancy is unknown. The patient or her advocate should discuss her prognosis with her physician as the doctor will have the best answer for you. ...Read more

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What are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Progressive shortness of breath and inability to sustain normal o2 levels are common end of life symptoms. Sometimes the right side of the heart fails causing lots of leg swelling and fatigue. ...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?

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?

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?

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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