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What are symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?
Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
shortness of breath,
diminished exercise tolerance.
Symptoms vary depending on the cause of the pulmonary fibrosis. The severity of symptoms and the progression (worsening) of symptoms over time can vary.
The most common form, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, has a slow and relentless progression.
Early on in the disease, patients often complain of a dry, unexplained
Often, slow and insidious onset of shortness of breath can set in.
With time, shortness of breath (dyspnea) worsens. Dyspnea initially occurs only with activity and is often attributed to aging.
Over time, the dyspnea occurs with little or no activity. Eventually, the
shortness of breath becomes disabling, limiting all activity and even occurring
while sitting still.
In rarer cases, the fibrosis can be rapidly progressive,
with dyspnea and disability occurring in weeks to months from the onset of the disease. This form of pulmonary fibrosis has been referred to as Hamman-Rich syndrome.