Introduction to Pulmonary Fibrosis | American Lung Association

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Introduction to Pulmonary Fibrosis

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What Is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease where there is scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe. Pulmonary fibrosis is one form of interstitial lung disease.

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Types of Pulmonary Fibrosis

There are many different types of pulmonary fibrosis. The most common is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. This type of pulmonary fibrosis has no known cause. But there are other factors that can cause or increase your risk for pulmonary fibrosis.

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Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Shortness of breath and dry cough are the primary symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis.

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How Is Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnosed?

Pulmonary fibrosis can be difficult to diagnose, so it is important to see a specialist to get an expert opinion. See the different tools your doctor will use to determine if you have pulmonary fibrosis.

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