Lung Problems / Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis (Idiopathic simply means that the cause is unknown) or acute interstitial pneumonia is a disease of the lung in which there is injury to the cells and fibers of the lung known as the interstitium.  As a result of this injury scaring occurs.  The scar tissue decreases the ability of the lungs to function normally causing difficulty in breathing and eventually death.  However, there are other diseases of the lung that have somewhat similar symptoms as IPF, which can be misdiagnosed as IPF.

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