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Pulmonary Fibrosis in Scottsdale, AZ

The Scottsdale Stem Cell Treatment Center offers treatment for pulmonary fibrosis to the residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding Arizona communities.

What Is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes called PF, is a lung condition in which the lung tissue becomes stiff, thick, and scarred. “Fibrosis” describes the scarring of tissues in the medical world, and the term “pulmonary” relates to the lungs. In PF, the air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, and many of the blood vessels found in the lungs do not adequately deliver oxygen to other organs, such as the heart and brain. Organs cannot function properly without a consistent supply of oxygen. In PF patients, organ function deteriorates, affecting the patient’s health and way of life.

Limited information is available regarding pulmonary fibrosis, leaving many patients and their families feeling confused and often scared. PF is a chronic condition, and because a cure has not been found, treatment focuses on symptom management. The treatments aim to prevent further scarring in the lungs, make breathing easier, and improve the function of other organs, all the while assisting the patient in leading an active lifestyle. Some of the available treatments include immunosuppressant therapy and corticosteroids, but these are not always successful, and some have significant side effects. None of the treatments reduces existing scarring. Some other treatments include pulmonary rehabilitation, treatment with oxygen, and lung transplants in the most severe cases.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Causes

For the most part, the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown, but some factors increase your risk, such as the following:

  • Certain types of viral infections
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Using certain types of medications
  • Being exposed to environmental pollutants, such as hard metal dust and silica, animal proteins, bacteria, fumes and gasses
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that causes acid from the stomach to back up into the throat. Individuals who have this condition may breathe in small drops of stomach acid that injure the lungs.
  • Family history with at least two members having pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms

Signs of pulmonary fibrosis are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic dry cough
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Unintended weight loss that cannot be explained

Symptoms vary by person, ranging from occasional mild symptoms to rapid decline with moderate to severe symptoms.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment

Recent studies in human stem cells have shown that damaged and dying cells throughout the body can be restored through stem cell therapy. The stem cells are harvested from the patient and used to replace cells in the lungs and other areas of the body. Breakthroughs in stem cell therapy, known as regenerative medicine, give hope to thousands of patients dealing with the effects of PF. Stem cell therapy can provide the following:

  • Reduction in shortness of breath
  • Reduction in aches and pains
  • Reduced reliance on supplemental oxygen
  • Reduction in, or complete elimination of, persistent coughing
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced mood
  • Ability to perform routine, everyday tasks, including exercises

Despite the lack of a complete cure, PF does not have to be a frightening, debilitating disease. Adult stem cell therapy enhances your body’s natural reparative process to manage the symptoms of PF and prevent further damage. We have a staff of board-certified physicians who understand the benefits of stem cell therapy, and they are confident that anyone with PF can enjoy measurable improvements in quality of life.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis, please contact us at Scottsdale Stem Cell to find out whether STV or another form of stem cell treatment is right for you and your unique condition.

Written by Scottsdale Stem Cell Center