Pulmonary Fibrosis Causes
In many cases, pulmonary fibrosis develops with no known causes. This progressive condition, which is associated with the thickening, stiffening and scarring of tissue deep within the lungs, can lead to breathing difficulties that worsen over time. This can prevent the body from getting enough oxygen and eventually lead to respiratory failure and other serious complications.
Sometimes, a physician can identify the source of lung damage. For instance, some cases result from prolonged exposure to lung irritants that are naturally present in the environment, byproducts of certain occupations or agents of particular medications. Genetic factors and certain medical conditions are also believed to play a role in the development of lung scarring. Finally, exposure to tobacco smoke is known to significantly worsen all lung conditions, including pulmonary fibrosis.
Specifically, researchers have identified multiple pulmonary fibrosis causes to date, including:
- Environmental factors – Bird and animal waste
- Occupational factors – Silica dust, asbestos fibers, grain dust, burn pits and herbicides
- Medication-related factors – Radiation, chemotherapy agents, antiarrhythmics, antibiotics and anticonvulsants
- Autoimmune/connective tissue disorders – Scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and polymyositis
- Severe infections – Certain viruses and bacterial infections
Scientists continue to investigate other possible pulmonary fibrosis causes, as well as new treatment options to slow the decline of lung function, relieve breathing difficulties caused by lung scarring and promote the best possible quality of life. Cellular therapy is an alternative treatment for pulmonary fibrosis offered by the Lung Health Institute. As a world-recognized leader in regenerative medicine focused exclusively on treating lung conditions, we’ve created a new source of hope for some patients who depend on supplemental oxygen or face challenges in performing daily tasks.
While a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis causes dismay for some individuals, all hope is not lost for those affected by this condition. Contact the Lung Health Institute at 888-745-6697 and let our caring team can explain how cellular therapy may help you breathe easier and get back to the activities you enjoy.