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Was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Are they related? Cough can be reduced?

Hi - I have a friend who was diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis a couple of years ago --- now he was told he has a TB marker. Are these two diseases related and how serious might this be? He placed himself on two transplant lists (for lungs) however they told him he wasn t a candidate yet. Is he contagious with the TB marker? He coughs all the time and spits up phelgm. thanks -
Asked On : Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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Pulmoanry fibrosis is a term used to describe any excessive fibrous tissue in the lungs tissue though this process is idiopathic but can have related disease too. Tuberculosis could be one of them which can cause Pulmonary fibrosis. TB is caused by an organism and the potential to spread to other is high if its an open case, but the marker(the organism it self) if present in the sputum can be contagious. If the marker is present in blood(detected by elisa) then he might not be contagious. If the PF is related to TB then treating TB will halt PF but the damage can not be reversed. Hope the answer partly answer your quarries.
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Dr Samir
Answered: Sat, 2 Nov 2013
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