Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common interstitial lung disease among middle-aged and elderly adults. Although the cause of IPF is unknown, factors thought to increase an individual's risk of developing IPF include a history of smoking, gastroesophageal reflux disease, environmental exposures, and genetic predispositions. Patients with IPF typically present with fatigue, dry cough, and progressive respiratory distress of more than 6 months. The clinical course of IPF is complicated and the prognosis is poor, with a median survival of 3-5 years from diagnosis. Early diagnosis of IPF and initiation of treatment are essential to improve patient outcomes.
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Cite this: Guy W. Soo Hoo, Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment - Medscape - Dec 13, 2022.