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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis and More

09/10/2009

Question:

Is having chronic respitory failure a common addition to pulmonary fibrosis? Is being at least a 100 lbs overweight, started taking steirods and put on oxygen all at the time of first diagnosis normal?

Answer:

Most patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis develop shortness of breath and/or cough long before they develop chronic respiratory failure. However, each person is different, and people who are relatively inactive may not develop much shortness of breath simply because they don't exercise enough to feel it the way a more active person would. Morbid obesity by itself can cause chronic respiratory failure due to a high carbon dioxide level.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University