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Med. Sci. 2018, 6(3), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6030071

Comorbidities and Complications in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti, Respiratory Department, 27002 Lugo, Spain
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Hospital Clínic, Respiratory Department, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 23 July 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 30 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis)
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Abstract

Though idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by single-organ involvement, many comorbid conditions occur within other organ systems. Patients with IPF may present during evolution different complications and comorbidities that influence the prognosis and modify the natural course of their disease. In this chapter, we highlight common comorbid conditions encountered in IPF, discuss disease-specific diagnostic modalities, and review the current treatment data for several key comorbidities. The diagnosis and treatment of these comorbidities is a challenge for the pulmonologist specialized in interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). We will focus on pulmonary emphysema, lung cancer, gastroesophageal reflux, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea (sleep disorders), and acute exacerbation of IPF. View Full-Text
Keywords: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; comorbidities; complications idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; comorbidities; complications
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Cano-Jiménez, E.; Hernández González, F.; Peloche, G.B. Comorbidities and Complications in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Med. Sci. 2018, 6, 71.

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