Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages

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Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages

  1. 1. Pulmonary Fibrosis End StagesPulmonary fibrosis is characterized by the continual, excessive accumulation of fibroid tissue in the lungs. The obstruction associated with this fibroid tissue contributes to a number of pulmonary ailments and general lung debilitation. The disease itself is often referred to as "lung scarring." Fibrosis of the lung has a number of known causes but is also idiopathic in many cases. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  2. 2. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages Symptoms of End Stage Lung FibrosisThose who suffer from pulmonary fibrosis experience symptoms similar to a prolonged respiratory infection. Early onset of the disease is generally asymptomatic. Later stages of lung fibrosis are marked by: -The continual presence of a hacking, sputum-free cough. -An inability to catch ones breath. Exertion increases this symptom. -Chronic fatigue and general muscle weakness. -Significant weight loss over a short period. -No appetite. -Severe chest discomfort. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  3. 3. Pulmonary Fibrosis End StagesA reliable diagnosis of end stage lung scarring is associated with chronic shortness of breath, subtle crackling overheard duringstethoscope examination and x-ray or CT imaging. CT scans are preferable to x-rays when diagnosing end stage lung fibrosis. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  4. 4. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages What Causes Pulmonary Fibrosis? Much of the fibroid activity associated with lung scarring is due to interstitiallung diseases. Fibroid growth following these illnesses is generally acute, may exacerbate with time and is otherwise not chronic. Infections caused by viruses, lung damage caused by airborne particles or autoimmune diseases are often implicated in fibrosis activity. Idiopathic fibrosis occurs when there is no known cause of the fibroid growths. Research into the genetic predisposition of lung fibrosis will continue to provide evidence concerning idiopathic causation. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  5. 5. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages Factors which contribute to the likelihood of developing lung fibrosis include: -Cigarette smoking, which also increases the progression of fibrosis.-Pneumonitis caused by the inhalation of organic particulates, such as mold or bacteria. -Asbestos, silicate or other environmental pollutant exposure. -A previous history of rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma. -A previous history of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. -The diagnosis of similar connective tissue diseases. -Exposure of the chest to radiation. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  6. 6. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages Disease Progression Pulmonary fibrosis causes degeneration of lung tissue and breathing quality when fibrous tissue replaces healthy lungtissue. The disease progresses when this replacement happens continually. Chronic exposure to the above factors is most typically associated with heightened pathogenesis. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  7. 7. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages As lung fibrosis advances into advanced stages, patients willexperience continual shortness of breath. This symptom is due to the lack of lung tissue available for oxygen diffusion andrespiration. Lung scarring also reduces the expansion capacity of the lungs, which restricts air flow and further limits breathing ability. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  8. 8. Pulmonary Fibrosis End Stages Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis The range of treatment options used to combat lung fibrosis is slim. Idiopathic fibrosis is often not treatable. Idiopathic lung fibrosis will progress into later stages with little possibility of remission. In these instances the only option is full lung replacement. Non-idiopathic lungscarring may respond to immune system suppressant treatments, such as corticosteriods. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  9. 9. Pulmonary Fibrosis End StagesFor more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog

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