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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Coughing

08/18/2009

Question:

MY HUSBAND WAS JUST DIANOSED WITH IPF BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE COUGHING I KEEP READING ABOUT HE IS SHORT OF BREATH AND TIRES EASLY DO WE NEED TO GET A SECOND APPENDION?

Answer:

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis most commonly presents with shortness of breath (also called "dyspnea") and cough. However, not all patients will have both symptoms. Frequently, the shortness of breath will begin in the early phases of the disease and the cough may develop later. Some patients never develop cough. In any disease that will ultimately be fatal (including IPF), a second opinion can help reassure persons with the disease that a confident diagnosis has been established. However, it is generally not necessary to get a second opinion just because a patient with IPF does not have cough.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University