Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating chronic lung disease of unknown cause characterized by progressive lung scarring. Affecting approximately 3 million people worldwide, IPF is the most common form of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. Recognizing IPF on imaging as well as histopathologically by the usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern is important for establishing an accurate diagnosis and to guide therapeutic decision-making. 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, but novel treatments may extend progression-free survival.
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Cite this: Ani Kapoor, Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - Medscape - Apr 18, 2022.