Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic interstitial lung disease of unknown cause characterized by progressive lung scarring. Affecting approximately 3 million people worldwide, IPF primarily affects individuals older than 60 years. Although the clinical course of IPF is variable, progressive deterioration in lung function results in increasing dyspnea, chronic cough, and frequent hospitalizations. Currently, there is no cure for IPF and prognosis is poor. As treatment is expected to be more effective in the early stages of disease, early recognition is likely to improve outcomes and induce prompt initiation of management.
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Cite this: Ani Kapoor, Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - Medscape - Feb 24, 2023.