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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis refers to a group of diseases in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. As lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, it is more difficult for the lungs to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream. This leads to progressively worsening shortness of breath and sometimes a chronic dry cough. In some cases, the cause of the fibrosis can be determined but in most cases the cause remains unknown. When there is no known cause for the pulmonary fibrosis (and certain radiographic and/or pathologic criteria are met), the disease is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. There are very few treatment options for patients with pulmonary fibrosis and therefore referral to a lung specialist is usually necessary.