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What Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

My pulmonary Dr. says he is 80% sure that I have ideopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I want to know what I should be prepared for . I am 83 years old, in good general health, but my oxygen level is from 90 to the high 80s and I am tethered to an oxygen tank 24/7. My Dr. will be checking me regularly with various tests and I trust him, but would like more information on what this disease is and what I can expect. Thank you.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is classified under Interstitial lung disease (ILD).
It is chronic, progressive and idiopathic disease. Usually seen in old age. In this lungs become fibrosed, thickened and stiff. So all capacities are reduced and due to this oxygenation is hampered.
You will need PFT ( Pulmonary Function Test ) and HRCT (High Resolution CT THORAX) for the diagnosis of IPF.
The final confirmation of IPF is based on lung biopsy.
So better to consult pulmonologist and discuss all these.
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What Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Thanks for your question on HCM. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is classified under Interstitial lung disease (ILD). It is chronic, progressive and idiopathic disease. Usually seen in old age. In this lungs become fibrosed, thickened and stiff. So all capacities are reduced and due to this oxygenation is hampered. You will need PFT ( Pulmonary Function Test ) and HRCT (High Resolution CT THORAX) for the diagnosis of IPF. The final confirmation of IPF is based on lung biopsy. So better to consult pulmonologist and discuss all these.