What is pulmonary fibrosis? Can it be treated?
Pulmonary fibrosis leads to gradual scarring and thickening of the tissue (interstitium) between the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. As the disease progresses, this scar tissue impairs the transfer of oxygen from the alveoli into the blood. Many conditions can cause scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs. These include:
Often the cause of pulmonary fibrosis can't be determined (idiopathic). Signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis usually progress over several months or years and may include:
A doctor may confirm a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis by:
No cure exists for pulmonary fibrosis. Treatment is directed at managing the signs and symptoms and may include:
Last Updated: 01/23/2006
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