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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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by Rosenblum LB
 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. One or more of the following tests may be performed:
  • Chest x-ray or CT scan —to view the lungs and check for scarring
  • Pulmonary function tests —to measure the size and effectiveness of the lungs
  • Blood test—to tell how well the lungs are taking up oxygen
  • Exercise test on treadmill or stationary bicycle—to measure how well the lungs and heart work during physical activity
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage—fluid is put into the airways and then removed to study the cells and check for signs of inflammation
  • Lung biopsy —a small sample of lung tissue is removed and studied; usually required to confirm a diagnosis of IPF
 

RESOURCES

American Lung Association
http://www.lungusa.org/

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
http://www.coalitionforpf.org/

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Canadian Lung Association
http://www.lung.ca/

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

 

RESOURCES


Bowlby, Lynn. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In: Ferri’s Clinical Advisor . 9th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2007.


Epidemiology and risk factors. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website. Available at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.


Facts about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.


Facts about pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lungusa.org/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.


Raghu, Ganesh. Intersitial lung disease. In: Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2007.


Reporters’ guide to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website. Available at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org . Accessed January 27, 2004.


Symptoms and diagnosis. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website. Available at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.


Treatment. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website. Available at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.


What is IPF? Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website. Available at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org/ . Accessed January 26, 2004.

 

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