Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease caused by scarring of the lung tissue. It’s classed as an interstitial lung disease and is very rare. While there is no definitive cause for IPF, there are many reasons why a person may be more likely to develop the disease.
This short film from Demystifying Medicine shared in May 2015, explains some of the basic facts of the condition including the fact that often the only symptoms of IPF are a persistent cough and shortness of breath. There is no cure for IPF, but there are medications and treatments that can help patients control symptoms, these include pulmonary rehabilitation and the drugs ofev and esbriet, which reduce the progression of scarring of the lung tissue.
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