How to Diagnose Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Q:
How to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis?

A:
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when scars are formed in the lung. It will restrict the oxygen to get into the lungs and cause breathing problems.

In order to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis, besides asking your medical history, family history and your symptoms, your doctor may use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs while you breathe. And you may also need to do following tests:

  • Blood tests.
  • Imaging tests, such as chest X-ray, echocardiogram or computerized tomography (CT) scan.
  • Lung function tests, such as pulse oximetry, pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas test or exercise stress test.
    Tissue sample (biopsy), such as bronchoscopy or surgical biopsy.

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