Pulmonary Fibrosis

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs becomes scarred over time. This tissue gets thick and stiff. That makes it hard for you to catch your breath, and your blood may not get enough oxygen. Dr. Edward Hill discusses pulmonary fibrosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.

The scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by a multitude of factors. But in most cases, doctors cant pinpoint whats causing the problem. When a cause cant be found, the condition is termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:

Shortness of breath

A dry cough

Fatigue

Unexplained weight loss, and

Aching muscles and joints

The course of pulmonary fibrosis, and the severity of symptoms, can vary considerably from person to person. Some people become ill very quickly with severe disease. Others have moderate symptoms that worsen more slowly, over months or years.

The lung damage caused by pulmonary fibrosis cant be repaired, but medications and therapies can sometimes help ease symptoms and improve quality of life. For some people, a lung transplant might be appropriate.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.