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Old 10-31-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Can idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis be diagnosed without a biopsy?

 
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Re: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

My mom was diagnosed without a biopsy

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Re: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

I started having major problems breathing in January after a cold...altho I have used a rescue inhaler for years only maybe 3 times a year...this came out of the blue and really slammed me. Went to my Dr and he put me on Advair after I blew 50's on the Spiromenter..EKG was done..fine..chest x-rays done..fine...he has ordered a ton of blood work to rule out Lupus, Sjornes and Rheumatoid Arthritis...I have very bad implants that need to come out ( one is leaking ) and he is covering all bases in case it is attributed to that..He feels it is not COPD rather a restrictive defect..Will be making an appt with a Pulonologist on Monday...I am scared out my mind..Im concerned its Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis..anyone have any thoughts on this? Appreciate any input...what am I to expect next?
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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Re: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Cant tell you what to expect. Really cant get much info out of her doctor. Am going to find another doctor for second opinion. Right now my wife doesent have many symptions, just short of breath when she walks up a lot of steps. she is still working and not having any problems. Am hoping her doc is wrong and she doesent have it. Sorry i cant be of more help.

 
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Re: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

It can be dx'ed with other methods - chest x ray is one because the scarring should show up as it did with my mother (hers was from blood clots in the lungs). Steroid inhalers were what she was given (along with blood thinners for the clots) and it seemed to work well. She lived till 83 (other issue did her in) and never had to go on oxygen. I think she probably had it about 25 years or so? Good luck to you both. Find a good pulmonologist.

 
Old 03-07-2012, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Thank you for replying.. already had a chest xray which was fine...still waiting for my blood test results and have an appt with a pulmonary doc next week..this waiting is making me crazy...lol

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