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IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the progressive parenchymal scarring & loss of pulmonary function due to unidentifiable cause of lung injury.

It is a specific form of chronic fibrosing interstitial pneumonia with the histopathologic characteristics of usual interstitial pneumonia.

Approximately 5% of patients are asymptomatic. Common signs and symptoms are exertional dyspnea, nonproductive cough, finger clubbing and bilateral inspiratory crackles.

Patient Education

  • Patients must be advised to quit smoking immediately
  • End-of-life issues as well as advance directives must be discussed with the patient
  • Healthcare professionals should understand & respect the individual preferences, beliefs & values of their patients
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