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Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which scarring occurs in the
lungs; it can be caused by an infection (such as tuberculosis or pneumonia) or
injury or by breathing certain materials, such as asbestos. But sometimes no cause can be found for pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis
makes the lungs less elastic and can lead to breathing problems.
Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
Treatment for pulmonary fibrosis focuses on relieving symptoms.
But pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease, and there is no known
Current as of:
April 25, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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