Patients with AE-IPF may experience an acute deterioration in respiratory function, often leading to hospital admission. Supportive care and management of symptoms, most notably supplemental oxygen, to relieve hypoxemia and alleviate symptoms of shortness of breath and cough are needed for all patients with an AE-IPF. Many patients with AE-IPF are also treated with corticosteroids; however, their benefit is unclear. The use of corticosteroids in patients admitted to the hospital with AE-IPF has not been shown to improve outcomes and may contribute to reduced survival following an exacerbation.
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