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What increases my risk for restrictive lung disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Your risk for restrictive lung disease increases with exposure to asbestos, cigarette smoke, or other harmful environmental fumes. Also, radiation treatment for cancer can result in pulmonary fibrosis, or stiffening of the lungs, which can cause restrictive lung disease. Any illness, medication, or treatment which causes inflammation of the lungs increases your risk for restrictive lung disease as well.

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