Rare Pulmonology News

5 Facts you should know about

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

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IPF is characterized by the thickening and stiffening of lung tissue, associated with the formation of scar tissue.

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Risk factors include cigarette smoking, acid reflux disease (GERD) and certain viral infections.

3

Those in their 60s and 70s are most commonly affected.

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Males are affected more often than females.

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Average life expectancy following diagnosis is about four years.