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ask: I sent in a question concerning pulmonary fibrosis, pertaining to the difference of a CT scan between scar tissue and fungus. How do I get an answer? Karl

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I sent in a question concerning pulmonary fibrosis, pertaining to the difference of a CT scan between scar tissue and fungus. How do I get an answer? Karl

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Pat Elliott

Hello Karl - I'm not sure what happened to your question, as I was unable to find any question from you except for this one. Hopefully you haven't been waiting for an answer for too long.

You're asking about the differences between scar tissue and a fungal infection as shown on a CT scan? First, there are many causes and types of fungal infections. The following link will provide more specific information. Please note the second page which addresses Deep Tissue, Blood, Lung and Systemic Fungal Infections: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/fungal.html

In pulmonary fibrosis patients, microscopic damage to the alveoli in the lungs causes irreversible scarring of the paper-thin tissue (interstitium) that lines and separates the air sacs. The build up of this scar tissue isn't a normal body process. It can be caused by hundreds of different factors. The following reference from the Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive explanation of pulmonary fibrosis including information on causes of the scarring: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-fibrosis/ds00927/dsection=causes

Are you newly diagnosed? You may find the support services from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to be helpful. http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/

Please let us know if this has helped you. Pat

April 23, 2010 - 5:32pm
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