Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a chronic, ultimately fatal disease of the lung. The lung function decreases progressively in people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis means scarring of the lung tissue, which causes shortness of breath. Symptoms are:
• Progressive, exertional dyspnea
• Dry, non-productive cough on exertion
• Dry, inspiratory bibasilar crackling sound in chest
• Disfigurement of finger or toes
HOW IS IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS DIAGNOSED?
A pulmonology condition, the IBF is diagnosed by a chest x-ray, exercise test and a biopsy. Spirometry and pulse oximetry are other tests that are advised.
HOW IS IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS TREATED?
There is no cure for this disorder but medications such as pirfenidone and nintedanib can help patients to breathe a bit more easily and slow down the scarring of the lungs. Oxygen therapy to boost the amount of oxygen in the blood can be prescribed to patients. This therapy could be for a few hours or continuously depending on the condition of the patient.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a disease related to genetics and if diagnosed earlier there is a chance to control the same and give better quality of life to patients suffering from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.