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Is repair of scarred lungs possible after pneumonia and ARDS?

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Posted on Fri, 22 May 2015
Question: Hi, my pulmonologist said my scarred lungs are repairing. Is that possible after pneumonia/ARDS?
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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Scarred lungs may repair in some cases if it is caused by ARDS or pneumonia

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Scarred lungs may repair in some cases if it is caused by ARDS or pneumonia.
ARDS or pneumonia may cause small collapse of lung parenchyma(it may appear as scar in X-rays) and is some cases it may inflate again with control of infection and clear of fluids.But if there are formation of fibrotic bands then it is irreversible.

It is good that scarred region is repairing,it is a good sign and it indicates recovery.

Get well soon.
Hope I have answered your question.
Further queries are most welcome.

Take Care
Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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Is repair of scarred lungs possible after pneumonia and ARDS?

Brief Answer: Scarred lungs may repair in some cases if it is caused by ARDS or pneumonia Detailed Answer: Hello Scarred lungs may repair in some cases if it is caused by ARDS or pneumonia. ARDS or pneumonia may cause small collapse of lung parenchyma(it may appear as scar in X-rays) and is some cases it may inflate again with control of infection and clear of fluids.But if there are formation of fibrotic bands then it is irreversible. It is good that scarred region is repairing,it is a good sign and it indicates recovery. Get well soon. Hope I have answered your question. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX