Diagnosis - Pediatric Pneumology

Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious disorder characterised by progressive scarring (fibrosis) of the lung tissue.  As the healthy lung tissue is replaced with scar tissue, the lungs’ ability to transport oxygen to the blood becomes increasingly impaired in cases of pulmonary fibrosis and the lungs become stiff, making breathing more difficult.  Common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include shortness of breath, a dry cough, fatigue, chest discomfort and weight/appetite loss.  There is thought to be a genetic predisposition in people who develop pulmonary fibrosis and it is also believed that microscopic lung injuries are responsible for the scarring that arises.  Although there is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, therapy is available that targets the symptoms.  Treatment involves medications, oxygen therapy and physical therapy.  In some cases of pulmonary fibrosis, a lung transplant may also be an option.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    With 554 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Zehlendorf is the largest hospital in the south west of Berlin. Its medical focus is on, orthopedics, pediatric surgery and pneumology, pneumology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, general and visceral surgery.

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