Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease characterized by deepened tissue in the lungs that over time becomes thick, stiff and scarred. There is currently no cure. The name comes from the scar tissue that forms in the lungs, which is known as fibrosis. Genetics play an important role in the development of pulmonary fibrosis. However, the causes for pulmonary fibrosis in most patients are unknown, and this is referred to as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Anyone can suffer from pulmonary fibrosis, but it is more common among middle-age and older adults. Every patient has their own individual experience with the disease, which means it can progress faster in some patients and slower in others. As the lung tissue becomes more thick, the lungs lose their ability to properly provide oxygen to the bloodstream, affecting many organs, including the brain. The signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis develop over time. Patients often experience severe symptoms only in advanced stages of the disease.
Most Common Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis:
- Shortness of breath
Other Symptoms of Advanced Pulmonary Fibrosis:
- Breathing alterations
- Weight loss
- Aching muscles and joints
- Clubbing (widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes)
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