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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis means scarring of the lung. Many diseases can cause pulmonary fibrosis including infections, radiation therapy, certain medications, and some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus. The most common cause of pulmonary fibrosis is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (pulmonary fibrosis of unknown cause).

Symptoms and Diagnosis

In some types of pulmonary fibrosis, the process starts with inflammation. Evidence suggests that inflammation can contribute to the scarring process. Once scarri (More)


Understanding Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • Interstitial Lung Diseases (Pulmonary Fibrosis)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis (Patient Education Materials)
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (ADAM)
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases (MedlinePlus)
  • Patient Information Handbook (Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis (MedlinePlus)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Are There Diets to Help PF Symptoms?
  • Are We in the Last Stage of PF?
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  • Do the Benefits of Oxygen Therapy Outweigh the Risks?
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  • Is All Scarring Life Threatening?
  • Is it Hereditary?
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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014