7 Important Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis

There are more than 200 types of PF. 

Pulmonary fibrosis is a term which covers approximately 200 different types of lung diseases that all act and look alike. Pulmonary fibrosis can often be the result of another health condition such as scleroderma or due to long-term exposure to lung irritants such as chemicals, inorganic dust or cigarette smoke. If there is no known cause for the disease, it’s called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Here are nine steps to help manage idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

5 comments

    • Roberta says:

      The only one that can answer that would be the doctors. They would have to order an HRCT scan to see if there is any scaring of the lungs.

  1. Karen says:

    My Mother has IPF. She’s in her 5th year after diagnosis. She is in the hospital diagnosed with pnemonia right now and her mind is very confused…Almost like she has dementia. Are dementia like symptoms normal at the later stages?

    • Janet Klingbeil says:

      Dementia-like symptoms could be due to lack of oxygen. My husband did not have them when he had pnuemonia. He was at the very end stages,not sure where your mom is. My mother in law did though. She was experiencing hallucinations and all sorts of things due to lack of oxygen. I am sorry you are having to deal with this horrible disease.

      • Karen says:

        Thank you for your message. She’s been home from the hospital for a week tomorrow and she’s so weak and confused, but not having delirium symptoms anymore.

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