Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness - 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Pulmonary fibrosis is a rare but serious lung condition in which over time tissue deep in the lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred.
Kiley: That scarred tissue is what’s called fibrosis.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley is with the NIH.
Kiley: When you have pulmonary fibrosis, you have lung impairment due to scarring of the lung tissue, which makes it very difficult to breathe and it then becomes a very debilitating disease.
Narrator: Sometimes doctors can find out what's causing fibrosis. But in most cases, they can't. They call these cases idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. For details, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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