Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a debilitating disease characterized by scarring or thickening of tissues deep in the lung.
IPF belongs to a family of approximately 200 related diseases, called interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), that have similar characteristics and can result in scarring.
IPF gradually interferes with a person's ability to breathe. It causes shortness of breath and is usually associated with a dry cough. The disease progresses over time, leading to an increase in lung scarring and a worsening of symptoms.
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