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What is pulmonary fibrosis?

what is pulmonary fibrosis ?

Pulmonary fibrosis is the gradual process wherein the lungs get damaged by a scar. Common symptom of this ailment is . The cause of this condition is unknown in most cases . It is said that around 40,000 americans die each year due to this ailment which is almost equal to the number of breast cancer patients that die each year

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis:

Term idiopathic is used when there is no known cause for the ailment

Symptoms:

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Prognosis:

  • Several factors impact the life expectancy and prognosis of a COPD patient. Some of them are:
  • Gender : If you are female you are in a better position than the opposite gender
  • Early diagnosis: If the diagnosis occurs in the initial stages then there is better chance of recovery
  • Good treatment
  • If you are a current smoker then you have to stop smoking with immediate effect

How is it diagnosed ?

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What are the treatments available ?

Oxygen therapy , Medications , pulmonary rehab and lung transplantation are some of the treatment options available

2011 research

A bill was passed in favour of pulmonary fibrosis research. Watch the below video for more information