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First symptoms of PF - see your GP

First symptoms of PF - see your GP

15-08-2021

PF Awareness Month coming closer

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a progressive irreversible chronic lung disease causing scarring of the lung tissue. The lung scarring in pulmonary fibrosis can't be reversed, so it is a devastating, deadly disease with no known cure.

.“Pulmonary” means lung and the word “fibrosis” means scar tissue— similar to scars that form on the skin from an old injury or surgery. So, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. Over time, the scar tissue blocks the movement of oxygen from inside the tiny air sacs in the lungs into the bloodstream. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause people who have pulmonary fibrosis to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising.

EU-IPFF conducted an awareness campaign in 2019 and one in 2020. In 2020 member of EU-IPFF's Scientific Advisory Board Dr Anne-Marie Russel, (photo) Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK made a video, where she urged people to see their General Practitioner when they get symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Please see and listen to Dr Anne Marie Russel here

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