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How is radiation fibrosis related to restrictive lung disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radiation fibrosis is a type of restrictive lung disease, and is a scarring of the lungs, breasts, other tissue or organs resulting from overexposure to radiation. It is most often related to radiation therapy during cancer treatment. Prolonged exposure to radiation causes the tissue to inflame and eventually build up scar tissue. Radiation fibrosis is typically irreversible.

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