Pulmonologist Dr. Eli Colon Explains What Pulmonary Fibrosis is
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a respiratory disease characterized by the formation of scarred tissue in the lungs, specifically in the air sacs known as alveoli. However, being a rare disease that affects about five million people throughout the world, pulmonary fibrosis is often away from the spotlight, which leads to a lack of understanding and awareness about it.
To contradict this tendency, Dr. Eli Colon recently discussed the characteristics and symptoms of the disease in the Lex 18 News, a program from the Lexington, Kentucky’s local channel. The pulmonologist highlighted the main symptoms of PF, “progressive shortness of breath, but the alterations can be broader” as stated in the video which was shared on the YouTube channel of the health system Kentucky One Health.
“[PF patients] can develop respiratory infections or pneumonia, they can exacerbate the symptoms. It is very important to be evaluated when progressive symptoms of shortness of breath do not go away,” alerted Dr. Colon. Given the similarity between the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory diseases’ symptoms, the disease is often misdiagnosed, which is why it is also determinant to seek certified and specialized medical care.
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