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Are there different types of pulmonary fibrosis?
Last Updated: 28th March, 2020
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Considering this, what are the different types of pulmonary fibrosis?
There are five main categories of identifiable causes of pulmonary fibrosis: Drug-induced, Radiation-induced, Environmental, Autoimmune, and Occupational. In the United States, Environmental and Autoimmune causes seem to be the most common types of PF of known cause.
Furthermore, what is the progression of pulmonary fibrosis? Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease that naturally gets worse over time. This worsening is related to the amount of fibrosis (scarring) in the lungs. As this occurs, a person's breathing becomes more difficult, eventually resulting in shortness of breath, even at rest.
Furthermore, is pulmonary fibrosis always fatal?
Affecting some 5 million people worldwide, pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive, fatal lung disease that few survive more than 3-5 years after diagnosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that causes the lungs to be covered in scar tissue. As the disease progresses, the shortness of breath that accompanies it gets worse.
Is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis the same as pulmonary fibrosis?
When an interstitial lung disease does include scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a scarring disease of the lungs of unknown cause.