about IPF

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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 

 

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disorder characterized by progressive thickening, stiffening, and scarring (fibrosis) of tissue within the lungs, often leading to lung disease. Ultimately, IPF results in life-threatening complications such as respiratory failure. Typically symptoms start mild with a shortness of breath noticed during exercise, as well as a persistent, non-productive cough and gradually increases in severity. Being “idiopathic” the source of the disease is still unknown, although it is thought to have a genetic origin. Males tend to be more affected than females at a prevalence of 2-29 per every 100,000.

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