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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 stem cell 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 stem cells. After drawing a sample of a patient’s blood or bone marrow, our regenerative medicine specialists break down the various components in our on-site lab, and then reintroduce highly concentrated stem cells into the patient’s bloodstream. The stem 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 stem cell research, the Lung Institute specializes in autologous stem cell treatment for chronic respiratory conditions. For more information on how we can help you manage your pulmonary fibrosis symptoms, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

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