Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common form of progressive idiopathic interstitial pneumonia that primarily occurs in older adults. Although the exact etiology of the development of IPF is unknown, numerous risk factor have been implicated. IPF is a challenging disease with poor long-term prognosis. The median survival of patients with IPF is 3-5 years from diagnosis. No single test can accurately diagnose IPF; the evaluation of patients with suspected IPF requires a combination of steps and a multidisciplinary discussion. Although there is no cure, early diagnosis and treatment can relieve symptoms, slow disease progression, and improve quality of life in patients with IPF.
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Cite this: Guy W. Soo Hoo, Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Diagnosing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - Medscape - Apr 12, 2023.