7 Important Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis

There are several tests that help doctors diagnose PF. 

To diagnose pulmonary fibrosis, the patient will need to undergo a series of tests including blood work, CAT scans, lung function tests, physical examinations, bronchoscopies, and biopsies. They will also be asked about their medical history. It is important to establish the type of pulmonary fibrosis a patient has so that they can be treated properly.

Read about six tools needed to diagnose 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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