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I've been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis what does it mean? can i be treated? am i critically ill? it is contagious? what should i do?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine

In brief: Pulmonary fibrosis

This refers to development of damage and scarring of the lung tissue.
It can be the result of old infection or have no known cause. In severe cases serious breathing difficulties occur. Some cases advance very quickly, other cases very slowly or not at all. Lung damage can't be repaired but some treatment is available. A pulmonologist should be involved in the care of patients with significant cas

In brief: Pulmonary fibrosis

This refers to development of damage and scarring of the lung tissue.
It can be the result of old infection or have no known cause. In severe cases serious breathing difficulties occur. Some cases advance very quickly, other cases very slowly or not at all. Lung damage can't be repaired but some treatment is available. A pulmonologist should be involved in the care of patients with significant cas
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