Are There Treatment Options for Pulmonary Fibrosis?
What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease in which the lungs become scarred, causing the intricate passageways inside the lungs to thicken and harden. Hardening of passageways inside the lungs makes it difficult for oxygen to pass through the walls of the tiny air sacs (alveoli) into the bloodstream. The lack of oxygen in the bloodstream leaves sufferers of pulmonary fibrosis short of breath even after periods of prolonged rest. Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease in which sufferers get worse over time, sometimes slowly and other times rapidly. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a form of pulmonary fibrosis that has no known cause.
Treatment Options for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Unfortunately, the scarring that occurs from pulmonary fibrosis cannot be reversed. On top of that, no current treatment can stop the progression of the disease. Treatment for pulmonary fibrosis may include the uses of medications, oxygen therapy, surgery and pulmonary rehabilitation classes. While each treatment is basically targeted at helping relieve the conditions of the disease. Surgery is considered as the last resort as a lung transplant is required. But there is hope with treatment through the use of stem cell therapy for pulmonary fibrosis.
Stem Cell Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis
In the case of pulmonary fibrosis, autologous stem cells are used; this means the cells come from the patient’s body. These stem cells are found in adult bone marrow or in blood (venous). Bone marrow or venous stem cells have the capacity to form many types of differentiated cells. During the procedure, stem cell therapy involves isolating adult cells from bone marrow and blood requiring special laboratory techniques to collect. After extraction, the cells are isolated. At this point, the cells are returned to the patient intravenously. The minimally invasive therapy can be performed as an outpatient procedure in a clinical setting under the supervision of a professional. It takes a physician that has sought specific training to perform stem cell therapy adequately, safely and successfully. If you would like to find out more about how our treatment options for pulmonary fibrosis can help you, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.