Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is one of a family of related diseases called interstitial lung diseases that can result in lung scarring. As the lung tissue becomes scarred, it interferes with a person's ability to breathe. It can develop slowly or quickly. In some people, the disease stays the same for years. Usually, a person's breathing symptoms become worse over time. A person with pulmonary fibrosis eventually may be short of breath even at rest.
HOW IS FIBROSIS OF LUNG DIAGNOSED?
Tests for the pulmonary fibrosis involve chest x-ray, CT scan, echocardiogram, along with oximetry, pulmonary function testing and exercise stress test.
HOW IS FIBROSIS OF LUNG TREATED?
Treatment for the same includes an intensive rehabilitation plan followed with some medication to reduce inflammation like corticosteroid (prednisone). Only in rare cases is a lung transplant needed here. Oxygen therapy for low blood is required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pneumonia vaccination and an annual flu shot can reduce the chances of fibrosis of lungs