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What Are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis?

22 Aug 2017
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What Are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis?

The most common symptom of pulmonary fibrosis is shortness of breath. In early stages, the condition often produces only mild breathlessness, which may be unnoticeable at first. Over time, as scar tissue continues to accumulate in the lungs, the associated breathing difficulties typically worsen. For instance, some individuals initially become winded during intense exercise, but later find themselves gasping for air while performing simple daily tasks, such as showering, dressing, speaking and ultimately even while at rest.

Other common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:

  • A persistent, hacking cough that does not produce phlegm
  • Bouts of uncontrollable coughing
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Unexplained weakness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and unintended weight loss
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Clubbing (a rounding and widening of the fingertips)

Presently, there is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, so the main focus of treatment is symptom relief. Some traditional options include the use of supplemental oxygen, corticosteroids, immunotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. In very severe and advanced cases, lung transplant surgery may be recommended for pulmonary fibrosis treatment.

The Lung Institute offers cellular therapy as an alternative treatment for pulmonary fibrosis and other forms of interstitial lung disease. Our minimally invasive outpatient procedures are designed to take advantage of the natural reparative capabilities of cells. After drawing a sample of a patient’s blood, our regenerative medicine specialists break down the various components in our on-site lab, and then reintroduce highly concentrated cells into the patient’s bloodstream. The cells then travel directly to the patient’s heart and, within a few beats, reach the lungs, where they can stimulate the healing of damaged tissue.

As a world-recognized leader in regenerative medicine and cellular research, the Lung Institute specializes in cellular therapy for chronic respiratory conditions. For more information on how we can help you manage your pulmonary fibrosis symptoms, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

Each patient is different. Results may vary.