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Description of Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

DefinitionAccording to dictionary definition  Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs becomes scarred over time. This tissue gets thicker and stiff and makes it hard for the person to breathe, and your blood may not get enough oxygen.  Causes and Risk FactorsAccording to dictionary definition  In most cases, the cause cannot be found.Causes of pulmonary fibrosis include:1. Environmental pollutants2. Certain medicines3. Some connective tissue diseases4. Interstitial lung diseases (large group of diseases that inflame or scar the lungs)
Signs and Symptoms  According to dictionary definition  Common symptoms include:1. Shortness of breath2. A dry, hacking cough that does not get better3. Fatigue4. Weight loss for no known reason5. Aching muscles and joints6. Clubbing, which is the widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes  InvestigationsAccording to dictionary definition  1. Your doctor may use your medical history to examine you.2. The doctor may ask you to get the following tests done, such as,a) Imaging testsb) Biopsyc) Lung function tests  TreatmentAccording to dictionary definition  There is no cure. Treatments can help with symptoms and improve your quality of life. They include:1. Medicines2. Oxygen therapy3. Pulmonary rehabilitation4. Lung transplant  NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteAccording to dictionary definition  



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