Fast Five Quiz: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Comorbidities and Complications

Ani Kapoor, MD; Zab Mosenifar, MD


January 26, 2022

Approximately 30% of patients with IPF have comorbid emphysema. The presence of comorbid emphysema does not disqualify patients with IPF for consideration or evaluation for lung transplantation.

Patients with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema have the same prognosis as those with IPF, even though they generally have less extensive fibrosis.

Up to 22% of patients with IPF have comorbid lung cancer, which is slightly lower than the incidence of comorbid emphysema.

For more information, refer to the Official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT Clinical Practice Guideline: Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - An Update of the 2011 Clinical Practice Guideline and the Japanese Guideline for the Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Learn more about treatment options for IPF and its comorbidities.


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