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How do other illnesses affect pulmonary fibrosis?

Some other illnesses can increase your risk for pulmonary fibrosis, damage your lungs, and complicate the diagnosis process. Gastroesophageal reflux disease and some viral infections put you at higher risk for the disease. In addition, the treatments for some conditions can raise your risk, such as chemotherapy and medication that treats heart arrhythmia. Your lungs can be damaged by infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia and by disorders that harm the tissue throughout your body, including the lungs, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. Pulmonary fibrosis can result from this damage. Pulmonary fibrosis is frequently difficult to diagnose because other lung and heart conditions can have the same symptoms. Many of the tests that are performed as part of the diagnosis process are performed to rule out other illnesses that could cause your symptoms.

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