Lung Fibrosis

Lung fibrosis is a serious, lifelong disease. It causes scarring of the lung, making it hard to breathe. Sometimes, symptoms may come quickly or may take years to develop. There is no cure for lung fibrosis, but medications can slow down scarring and help preserve the function of the lung.

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Can pulmonary fibrosis be cured with medications and exercise?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an X-ray last Thursday and I got the result today. It says I have fibrosis in my right upper lobe. I had a history of pulmonary tuberculosis two years back and I took a six months medication and I am done with it. I just want to ask if fibrosis can be cured if I take medication a...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fibrosis is a feature of chronic inflammation and your lung fibrosis is because of that. Tuberculosis is a chronic granulomatous inflammation and can lead to fibrosis. Fibrosis is irreversible condition and cannot be revert back.   Read Full »

What does pulmonary hyperaerated, bilateral, in a chest x-ray mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a cough and a weird feeling while exhaling. I am experiencing this issue for more than a month now. Previously, I coughed out phlegm with blood. It looked like fresh blood. Currently, I have phlegm. I have pain while exhaling air. I have pain in my upper left-back. I have a h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from a cough. You have a history of bronchitis and your recent chest X-ray shows pulmonary hyperaerated bilateral. It means that there is an abnormal increase in lung volume with an increased filling ...  Read Full »

Does COVID-19 show long term effects in affected persons?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking for advice on behalf of my mother. She got a positive result for COVID-19 before a month. She took medicines for five days and then, she was in quarantine. Now it has been a month. But she has some symptoms and we are not sure whether it is associated with COVID-19. She has s...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your problem. COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) can show a lot of symptoms even after the infection gets cleared. The major symptom that lasts for a long time is a dry cough. It remains for a long time even after the infectio...  Read Full »

Will lung fibrosis and thoracic scoliosis shown in x-ray cause serious health issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I had taken a lung x-ray for my annual check-up. The result is: Mid lung fibrosis noted. Rest of the lung is clear. Thoracic scoliosis noted. Heart, costopherenic sulci, and other structures are intact. I am concerned about mid lung fibrosis and thoracic scoliosis. Will they ser...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please clarify whether it is mid or mild lung fibrosis reported. As you said, the chest x-ray reports mid or mild lung fibrosis, it is suggestive of some old infection or some autoimmune disease causing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Even you could not have re...  Read Full »

Why does my oxygen saturation level go down if I reduce the steroid dose?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 7 years, I was affected by chronic HP. From that time, I am in oxygen therapy and steroids 4 mg. My doctor told to taper them and stop so as per his advice I slowly tapered the dose of steroids and stopped it finally. When I stopped it, I cannot able to move or walk and also my sa...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hypersensitivity pneumonitis or HP is a type of interstitial lung disease. It is a chronic type of lung disease and treatment usually runs longer, especially with steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. As you said, you are taking steroids in tapering dose but...  Read Full »

What is COVID-induced pneumonia?

Query: Hi doctor, Please tell me an opinion on the prognosis for a patient being treated for COVID-induced bilateral pneumonia. Also, kindly tell me if she is responding to the treatment well, and do we need to get her blood reports or X-rays checked?  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on the reports sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), my observations are 1) Initially, pneumonia was present in the lower zone in both the lungs. In the last X-ray, only the right lung is affected (although improved from earlier). ...  Read Full »

How can post-fibrosis of lung be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is a person with diabetes and was discharged from the hospital after COVID treatment one and half months back. His CT showed early fibrosis at the time of admission. The doctor advised us to repeat the CT after around a month. We got it done today, and I am attaching the re...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) of the chest report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), some scattered areas of fibrosis in both lungs and prominent mediastinal lymph nodes are seen. Ground glas...  Read Full »

What does early fibrosis in chest CT indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband was discharged from the hospital after COVID-19 treatment. He was admitted to the hospital for six days. When he was admitted, his CT scan showed COVID pneumonia and early fibrosis. He was on steroid treatment in the hospital and discharged in stable condition. I doubt the...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from COVID pneumonia. His HRCT (high-resolution chest tomography) of the chest has revealed multiple patchy ground glass in both lungs, predominantly in the periphery with subpleura...  Read Full »

Will post-COVID fibrosis progress further?

Query: Hello doctor, I have suffered from COVID-19. My sequence of actions are as below. I had a fever (103 F). the next day, I had a CT scan of CO-RADS 3. Fever was not decreasing, and I got admitted to the hospital. Oximeter reading coming around 90. After two days, my body temperature was normal, and ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is post-COVID fibrosis. Honestly speaking, there is no treatment at present for this. Data suggests that this fibrosis is not progressive like IPF (idiopathic...  Read Full »

How is IPF diagnosed?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with IPF last week. My two x-rays, two lung function tests and HRCT scan showing that I had scarring. But I am confused, because I feel better than I have felt in 10 years. I have always smoked and had cough for years. I have been on a diet and have lost one stone so fa...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)  is a chronic, progressive and idiopathic disease. It is usually seen in old age. In this lungs become fibrosed, thickened and stiff. So, all capacities are reduced and due to this oxygenation is hampered. Your home tests are within no...  Read Full »

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