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Stn Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary Fibrosis

Info

Scarring of the lungs causes shortness of breath and extreme coughing. Can be fatal when combined by intense exercise

DNA cost

6

Severity increase

Average

Lethality

Slight

Infectivity increase

Average

Next Symptom

Pulmonary Oedema, Total Organ Failure

Required symptom

Pneumonia or Pulmonary Oedema

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a tier 3 symptom. It causes scarring of the lungs, which leads to shortness of breath and extreme coughing. It can be fatal with intense exercise. Increases effectiveness in humid countries by 0.05.

The game sometimes displays a news message promoting Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month, providing a link to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. It's not known if this has an effect in game.

In real life Edit

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which the lungs become scarred over time. Symptoms include shortness of breath, a dry cough, feeling tired, weight loss, and nail clubbing. Complications may include pulmonary hypertension, respiratory failure, pneumothorax, and lung cancer.

Causes include environmental pollution, certain medications, connective tissue diseases, infections, and interstitial lung diseases. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a type of interstitial lung disease of unknown cause, is the most common cause. Diagnosis may be based on symptoms, medical imaging, lung biopsy, and lung function tests.

There is no known cure. Treatment is directed towards efforts to improve symptoms and may include oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. Certain medications may be used to try to slow the worsening of scarring. Lung transplantation may occasionally be an option. At least 5 million people are affected globally. Life expectancy is generally less than five years.

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