What is Pulmonary Fibrosis ?
Asked by anantharaman, 02 Feb '10 08:59 am
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Pulmonary Fibrosis Also called: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Pulmonary fibrosis harms the tissues deep in your lungs. The air sacs in your lungs and their supporting structures become inflamed and scarred. If scarring progresses, it makes your lungs thick and stiff. That makes it hard for you to catch your breath, and your blood may not get enough oxygen. The kind of job you have may affect your risk of getting the disease. For example, coal miners, ship workers and sand blasters are at risk. Pulmonary fibrosis is also associated with some connective tissue diseases. It can be a side effect of a medicine. Sometimes no one knows the cause of the disease. Smoking can boost your risk or make your illness worse.Answered by mustafa jagmag, 02 Feb '10 10:08 am
Pulmonary Fibrosis involves scarring of the lung. Gradually, the air sacs of the lungs become replaced by fibrotic tissue. When the scar forms, the tissue becomes thicker causing an irreversible loss of the tissues ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. Its symptoms are :- Shortness of breath, particularly with exertion Chronic dry, hacking cough Fatigue and weakness Discomfort in the chest Loss of appetite Rapid weight lossAnswered by sudesh, 02 Feb '10 09:54 am
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive form of lung disease characterized by fibrosis of the supporting framework (interstitium) of the lungs.Answered by Arshad Khan, 02 Feb '10 09:36 am