Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Diagnosis of IPF

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Department

Internal Medicine (East Africa)

ISBN

978-1-83969-241-3

Editor

Salim Surani

Publisher

IntechOpen

Abstract

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive interstitial lung fibrosis with an unknown cause commonly seen in the elderly. Obtaining histories such as past medical history, exposure history, occupational history, and family history can be crucial parts to help to find other pulmonary fibrosis causes. Not only that, but thorough physical examination can rule out pulmonary fibrosis related to other diseases. Several diagnostic modalities have helped to improve the IPF assessment, including computer tomographic scan, histopathology, bronchoscopy lavage, serological testing, and serum biomarkers. Diagnostic of exclusion is required. The consensus from multidisciplinary IPF experts’ discussion from various societies recommends the clinical practice for IPF diagnosis to help define this condition. In this book chapter, we will discuss the evidence for each of the diagnostic techniques for IPF.

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