Symptoms & Diagnosis
The term fibrosis describes the development of fibrous connective tissue as a reparative response to injury or damage. Fibrosis may refer to the connective tissue deposition that occurs as part of normal healing or to the excess tissue deposition that occurs as a pathological process. When fibrosis occurs in response to injury, the term “scarring” is used. Some of the main types of fibrosis that occur in the body are described below.
Some examples of the effects fibrosis can have on the body are given below:
- Fibrosis of the joints may lead to stiffness and pain in the knees, wrists and hips
- Fibrosis of the tendons may lead to conditions such as Dupuytren’s contracture, which can cause deformity of the hands and fingers
- The shoulder capsule may be affected leading to adhesive capsulitis and frozen shoulder
- Fibrosis that involves the soft tissue of the penis is referred to as Peyronie’s disease