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Symptoms and Complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer

Overview

Pulmonary fibrosis can occur without any noticeable symptoms, so it is often detected only through testing. Shortness of breath (dyspnea) during exertion is usually the first symptom. As it progresses, the dyspnea can occur even at rest. There may also be a dry cough. (Also see Pulmonary Tests)

Chest Pain, Chronic Many different types of problems can cause discomfort, shortness of breath, pain with swallowing, and many other symptoms in the chest area. This chart may help you pinpoint your problem as you confirm your symptoms. familydoctor.org

Shortness of Breath This worrisome symptom has many acute and chronic causes. Follow this flowchart for more information about the diseases in which shortness of breath occurs. familydoctor.org

Severity and features of frailty in systemic sclerosis–associated interstitial lung disease (Ssc-ILD). This study showed that frailty is highly prevalent in SSc–ILD patients and may help identify those less likely to tolerate potentially toxic pharmaceutical therapies or lung transplant. PubMed, Respir Med, 2017 Aug;129:1-7.

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