Idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a difficult disease to diagnose because many of its symptoms are similar to other lung diseases. There is no one single test for the condition. Instead, a series of tests are carried out to diagnose the condition. One test is auscultation.
“Auscultation of the lungs means listening to the sounds of the air being inhaled and exhaled into the lungs” with a stethoscope.
In this Boehringer Ingelheim Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis video, auscultation is explained. Listen for specific sounds, like “velcro crackles”, that can be heard in the lungs of an IPF patient during slow deep breaths.
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